First ever live performance of Country Grammar from start to finish for album’s 20th anniversary
Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelly’s diamond certified debut album, Country Grammar, and to celebrate, the hip hop icon is taking fans back to the summer of 2000 with a special live performance of the album in its entirety, for the first time ever. The show will be broadcast around the world on MelodyVR as part of its ongoing Live from LA series, on July 25th at 9 pm EST/6 pm EST/ 2 am + 1 day BST.
This landmark event will be free to view via the MelodyVR app on smartphones and VR headsets. Through MelodyVR’s cutting-edge camera and production technology, fans will be transported to its state-of-the-art Los Angeles studio space to experience the exclusive 360° performance. Viewers can choose their viewing position, and virtually stand next to Nelly as he plays hits like “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)” and “Ride Wit Me”, while indulging the audience with behind-the-scenes commentary.
“Anytime you get a chance to celebrate 20 years, you want to do something that you have never done before — so we are going to rock the Country Grammar album top to bottom,” the rapper shares. “Performing in the MelodyVR studio is epic and we have put together this show that people will hopefully want to replay 20 years from now.”
Country Grammar debuted at No. 3 on the Top 200 and soon vaulted to No. 1. In 2016, the RIAA certified the album diamond, selling more than ten million copies to date, a feat which placed Nelly among rock superstars like Led Zeppelin, the Doors and Bruce Springsteen. Country Grammar was also nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2000 Grammy Awards (along with its title track for Best Rap Solo Performance) and Nelly was crowned Best New Artist at the 2001 BET Awards. The 20th anniversary digital deluxe edition of Country Grammar, with bonus tracks, will be released on July 24th.
MelodyVR’s Live from LA series has been developed to provide music lovers with incredible immersive sets from their favorite artists, while maintaining the highest levels of safety for both performers and crew. Artists featured so far include John Legend, Cypress Hill, Katelyn Tarver and Zella Day with upcoming shows from JoJo and many more yet to be announced. MelodyVR also just released a never-before-broadcast performance from another seminal act, N.E.R.D., from their set at Life Is Beautiful in 2018. Fans can tune in now to watch on demand via the MelodyVR app.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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