2 Chainz Announced as Host of Amazon Music Live Concert Series, Watch First Performance With Lil Baby (UPDATE)
2 Chainz is hosting the new series, the inaugural episode of which is set to feature Lil Baby. Megan Thee Stallion is also set to appear in an upcoming episode.
UPDATED 10/28, 3:57 p.m. ET: Amazon Music Live kicked off with a bang.
The weekly concert series premiered Thursday night with a stellar set by Lil Baby. The ATL rapper treated the audience to a mix of new and older cuts, including 2018’s “Yes Indeed” and “Drip Too Hard,” as well as “California Breeze” and “Stand On It,” both of which appeared on his newly released studio album, It’s Only Me.
You can check out the “Stand On It” performance via YouTube below, and watch the entire set on Amazon Prime.
AML continues next month with performances by Megan Thee Stallion on Nov. 3, and country music superstar Kane Brown on Nov. 10.
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The new Amazon Music Live concert series is set to launch later this month with host 2 Chainz.
Amazon Music Live will premiere on Oct. 27 with a performance from Lil Baby, who’s set to give fans live versions of several It’s Only Me tracks, plus a selection of past catalog favorites. The series is timed to coincide with Thursday Night Football, which itself overlaps with the eve of each Friday’s batch of new music releases.
“Thursday Night Football is one of the most watched television events in America, and Amazon Music Live is an unprecedented moment for us to bring together the best of America’s sport and the biggest pillar of culture—music,” Kirdis Postelle, global head of artist marketing for Amazon Music, told Complex. “And for artists, AML represents a brand-new, massive opportunity for them to share their newest music with fans around the world.”
Future editions of AML include Megan Thee Stallion on Nov. 3 and Kane Brown on Nov. 10. The former’s appearance on AML, notably, boasts a hometown connection due to that particular Thursday also marking the date of the Houston Texans’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football.
“If you’re a music fan, Thursday night is the most important night of the week. For fans, there’s nothing like the excitement of waiting for midnight for your favorite artist to drop new music,” Postelle told Complex of the larger goal behind the AML launch. “With Amazon Music Live, we wanted to create a moment that would bring fans from around the world together to experience new music from their favorite artists.”
You can catch livestreams of the concert series following Thursday Night Football on Prime Video.
Not only will fans be given at-home access to the performances, but host 2 Chainz will also be interviewing each featured artist.
“Every Thursday night, I’m bringing the biggest and the brightest stars in music to the Amazon Music Live stage in Los Angeles,” 2 Chainz, who was recently enlisted by Baby Tate for the “Ain’t No Love” video, said in a press release. “We have the people that are influencing the culture and have carved their own unique path in music, like Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kane Brown. Amazon Music Live is the only place to be for the official Thursday turn-up!”
Additional artists for the inaugural AML series will be announced soon. In the meantime, see a new trailer for the series up top via Amazon Music.