The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has announced the lineup for its 17th annual showcase. This year’s headliners include Lizzo, Tame Impala, Tool, and Vampire Weekend. However, one intriguing set stands out amongst most others. On Saturday, Nelly will perform his RIAA-certified Diamond debut album Country Grammar in its entirety.
In 2016, the RIAA crowned Country Grammar the ninth hip-hop album to reach Diamond status in the United States. Universal records released four official singles from the album, and three of them surged up the Billboard charts. The debut single, “Country Grammar,” peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100. The second and third singles, “E.I.” and “Ride Wit Me,” peaked at number 16 and number three, respectively. In 2015, Billboard named the album the 85th best album of all time on its Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Albums.
Nelly earned Grammy nominations for Best Album and Rap Solo Performance for “Country Grammar,” while Ride Wit Me was nominated for Rap Solo Performance the following year. In total, Nelly earned twelve Grammy nominations, taking home three awards. “Hot in Herre” won Best Male Rap Solo Performance in 2002, while “Dilemma” featuring Kelly Rowland won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration that same year. The following year, “Shake Ya Tailfeather” took home the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. In 2005, he scored a major movie role in Paramount Pictures and MTV Films’ remake of The Longest Yard. Nelly released the film’s soundtrack through Derrty Ent. Records and Universal Records.
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