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Janet Jackson’s performance briefly hampered by technical issues at Essence Festival in New Orleans

Janet Jackson’s outing at the Essence Festival of Culture at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans Saturday was briefly hampered by technical issues, but she continued to perform.

Audio during the 56-year-old singer’s set cut out during her outing, TMZ reported on Sunday, but she was able to continue with her hourlong-plus set after the technical glitch.

The Grammy-winning artist nearly sold out the venue, which had 48,500 available tickets for Saturday, according to NOLA.com.

The latest: Janet Jackson’s outing at the Essence Festival of Culture at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans was briefly hampered with technical issues, but she continued to perform

Jackson, who was flanked by four male dancers on stage, opened up her set with the song Feedback and rattled off classics including What Have You Done For Me Lately, Control, Nasty and That’s the Way Love Goes.

She also performed the tracks Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun), I Get Lonely and Together Again, which in past festivals she had dedicated to her late relatives, brother Michael Jackson (in 2010) and father Joe Jackson (in 2018).

Jackson wrapped up her sets with Escapade and Black Cat, and returned for an encore of her hit Rhythm Nation.

In addition to the concerts, the festival included speeches from Vice President Kamala Harris and The Wire alum Wendell Pierce during the day at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, according to the outlet.

Audio during the 56-year-old singer’s set cut out during her outing, TMZ reported on Sunday

Jackson was able to continue with her hourlong-plus set after the technical glitch

Jackson was able to continue with her hourlong-plus set after the technical glitch

The Grammy-winning artist nearly sold out the venue, which had 48,500 available tickets for Saturday

A number of performers were impacted by technical issues at the festival, as people complained about the audio levels set for Chloe x Halle’s outing, TMZ reported.

The Essence Festival was also at the center of controversy as some Hulu subscribers were upset that all of the songs weren’t live-streamed on the streaming service’s broadcast from the event, according to TMZ.

Nicki Minaj was the headlining act on Friday, and her set was not broadcast on Hulu; host Angela Yee said that ‘circumstances beyond our control’ prevented Minaj’s set from being broadcast via Hulu.

Jackson’s set included her classic hits such as What Have You Done For Me Lately, Control, Nasty and That’s the Way Love Goes

Jackson wrapped up her sets with Escapade and Black Cat, and returned for an encore of her hit Rhythm Nation.  She was snapped Friday in New Orleans at an event for Coca-Cola

Jackson wrapped up her sets with Escapade and Black Cat, and returned for an encore of her hit Rhythm Nation. She was snapped Friday in New Orleans at an event for Coca-Cola

In addition to the concerts, the festival included a chat from Vice President Kamala Harris during the day at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

In addition to the concerts, the festival included a chat from Vice President Kamala Harris during the day at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The vice president spoke with KeKe Palmer at the event in Louisiana

The vice president spoke with KeKe Palmer at the event in Louisiana

Performance: Rapper Lil' Kim attended the Essence Festival of Culture as well where she performed alongside Styles P of The Roots

Performance: Rapper Lil’ Kim attended the Essence Festival of Culture as well where she performed alongside Styles P of The Roots

Rapper Lil’ Kim attended the Essence Festival of Culture as well where she performed alongside Styles P of The Roots.

The Magic Stick rapper gave a tiny white jacket with a light blue floral design on the chest and shoulders.

She wore a tiny black bodysuit, sheer in the front revealing her ample chest beneath it.

She wore heavy black eyeshadow that fanned outward from her eyes and pink rouge stained her cheeks.

Huge gold chains rapped around her neck and fell all the way down to her waist.

Small coat: The Magic Stick rapper donned a tiny white jacket with a light blue floral design on the chest and shoulders

Small coat: The Magic Stick rapper donned a tiny white jacket with a light blue floral design on the chest and shoulders

Skintight leotard: She wore a tiny black bodysuit, sheer in the front revealing her ample chest beneath it

Skintight leotard: She wore a tiny black bodysuit, sheer in the front revealing her ample chest beneath it

Skimpy leotard: Singer and actress Ashanti also wore a leotard, one even more revealing than Lil' Kim's

Skimpy leotard: Singer and actress Ashanti also wore a leotard, one even more revealing than Lil’ Kim’s

All black: She wore a sheer black bra underneath the leotard with a plunging neckline that ended at the huge gold belt circling her waist

All black: She wore a sheer black bra underneath the leotard with a plunging neckline that ended at the huge gold belt circling her waist

Singer and actress Ashanti also wore a leotard, one even more revealing than Lil’ Kim’s.

She wore a sheer black bra underneath the leotard with a plunging neckline that ended at the huge gold belt circling her waist.

Fishnet stocking ran down her powerful legs and went into her tall black boots that stopped up her thighs.

She wore black leather gloves and dark sunglasses that protected her eyes from the bright stage lights.

Wu-Tang Clan super star Method Man also took the stage alongside Ashanti at the event, and she was later spotted with Loni Love and Tisha Campbell.

With a legend: Wu-Tang Clan super star Method Man also took the stage alongside Ashanti at the event

With a legend: Wu-Tang Clan super star Method Man also took the stage alongside Ashanti at the event

More famous friends: She was later spotted with Loni Love and Tisha Campbell

More famous friends: She was later spotted with Loni Love and Tisha Campbell

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