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Usher, Mariah Carey, & Missy Elliott to Headline 2023 Lovers & Friends Festival

Usher, Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey are scheduled to headline the 2023 Lovers & Friends Festival in Las Vegas on May 6.

Music festival Lovers & Friends is returning to Las Vegas with some veterans in R&B and hip-hop. On Tuesday (January 17), L&F announced their full lineup for the 2023 iteration of the music festival, including “impeccably curated and nostalgia-fueled” performances from headliners Usher, Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott. Also on the festival bill, which will be held at Las Vegas Festival Grounds, are Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Miguel, Pitbull,  Jhene Aiko, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Eve, Lil Kim, T.I.Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Chris Brown and more.

More than 45 artists will perform during the Las Vegas event, which promises “massive collection of hip-hop and R&B’s biggest artists, highlighting the ongoing evolution of the genres,” per a statement from L&F.

L&F will mark Carey’s recent performance since the ‘Songbird Supreme’ held a special Christmas event at Madison Square Garden in December. A icon in Las Vegas nightlife, Usher will continue his My Way Las Vegas Residency at Park MGM from February 24 to July 15. Elliott, who released her latest album The Cookbook in 2005, will be honored with the prestigious  Global Impact Award with Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre and Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone during the 2023 Grammy Awards weekend.

GA, GA+, VIP and VIP Cabana presale tickets for L&F will go on sale Friday, January 20 at 10 AM PST. At 2 PM on the same date, general public tickets will be available, with layaway payment plans starting at $19.99 down.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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