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If you’re not in New Orleans at the Essence Music Festival, and you’re wondering what went down last night on the main stage at the Superdome, we’ve got a snapshot of the evening’s activities from Times-Picayune music critic/reporter Keith Spera:

Alicia Keys is not yet the most pregnant singer to rock a major stage in recent memory. M.I.A. traded lines with an all-star rap pack at the 2009 Grammy Awards on her actual due date.

Keys is only four months or so along in her pregnancy, but she is apparently sensitive about her appearance. Before her Saturday night headlining set at Essence Fest, her representatives forbade professional photographers from shooting her. (The ban had no effect on the dozens of fans snapping photos.)

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