Lovers & Friends Festival 2024 Announces Lineup Headlined by Usher, Lil Wayne, Janet Jackson, Backstreet Boys, and More (UPDATE)

The lineup includes an endless array of A-list artists, including Lil Wayne, Nas, Snoop Dogg, and Alicia Keys.

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UPDATED Jan. 26, 11:11 a.m. ET: According to Lovers & Friends' latest Instagram post, Mary J. Blige is allegedly slated to perform after previously saying her inclusion in the lineup was an error. The singer deleted her previous post announcing that she will not be in attendance.

As of publishing time, Blige has not confirmed that she will be performing aside from deleting her previous post.

UPDATED Jan. 25, 1:49 p.m. ET: Mary J. Blige has clarifed that her inclusion on this year's Lovers & Friends lineup was made in error.

"I am beyond humbled by the response from all of you about the announcement of me on Lovers & Friends Festival," she wrote. "Unfortunately my inclusion was an error as I will be busy in preparation for my Strength of a Woman Summit just one week later! I have the greatest fans in the world and can't wait to see you in New York in a few short months!"

Mary J. Blige says her inclusion in the Lovers & Friends Festival lineup was an error:

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 25, 2024
Twitter: @Phil_Lewis_

Mase and The-Dream have also indicated they're not actually performing at the fest. The superproducer commented under Usher's Instagram post showcasing the lineup, "This show will be amazing So with the amazing lineup, unfortunately I won't be able to perform for this year although my name is attached. Kill it bro."

On his Instagram Stories, Mase wrote in all caps, "PSA: Take my name off any and all flyers for 2024. Anybody who tries to make any deals without me physically present is not at all official business of mine."

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The third edition of the Lovers & Friends festival will hit Vegas this spring with headliners Usher, Janet Jackson, Lil Wayne, the Backstreet Boys, and more.

Lovers & Friends is taking place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on May 4, with tickets going on sale this Friday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. PT via the official website.

The fest will feature an array of A-list performers, including rappers Snoop Dogg, Nas, Cam'ron, Mase, Ludacris, Ja Rule, T.I., Rick Ross, Jeezy, and Fat Joe, as well as R&B singers Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Ciara, Ashanti, Brandy, Monica, Ne-Yo, Akon, T-Pain, and The-Dream, among many others.

On Tuesday, Usher hopped on Twitter to celebrate the announcement of Lovers & Friends' lineup.

"U know we had to do it again." he wrote, in reference to his opening intro on "Lovers & Friends," the singer's 2004 collab with Ludacris and Lil Jon.

Check out the full list of performers below.

U know we had to do it again… @lvrsnfrndsfest is back and better for 2024!! 🙌🏾 Make sure U register now for the Presale. Starts Friday, January 26th, 10 AM PT. All tickets start at $19.99 down. |

— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) January 23, 2024
Twitter: @Usher

Lovers & Friends will be highlighted by a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Usher's Confessions, as the R&B icon will perform the classic 2004 LP in full. In addition, Lil Wayne is slated to deliver a complete performance of his 2008 album Tha Carter III.

The news arrives as Usher is gearing up to perform at this year's Super Bowl. The Confessions artist will headline the Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show, which will take place Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

“It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before,” Usher said in a statement to Billboard in September. “Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.”

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