By: Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Grammy Award winning artist Nelly performed at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City. The show was a lead up to his co-headlining summer tour with TLC and Flo Rida, set to kick-off on July 23rd in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Starting off the night was Oklahoma City’s own DJ Nasty Navi, who laid down the mix and got the crowd poppin. Several people showed up early and got to witness Navi do his thing and everyone was feeling his vibe. With the Diamond Ballroom packed and the crowd ready for Nelly, DJ Nasty Navi thanked everyone and left the stage to go hang out at the merch booth and meet fans.
Nelly On Stage at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City – Photos by Addie Hayes
When Nelly took the stage, he started with his hit song “E.I.” from the 2000 album Country Grammar. The crowd was jumpin and singing along to the popular track from his debut album. He followed with the song “Shake Ya Tailfeather”, which was released on the 2003 soundtrack for the film Bad Boys II. The crowd was electric as they sang along with their hands in the air.
Nelly told the audience he was going to take them back to “Day 1”, and he did just that when he started performing “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)”, the first single off his debut album. The crowd bobbed up and down with drinks in the air as they sang the entire song along with Nelly. Throughout the night, Nelly acknowledged the fans who had been with him since the beginning. The crowd went crazy during “Ride Wit Me”, yelling “must be the money” when cued by Nelly, and he followed with the remix of Florida Georgia Line’s song “Cruise”.
Nelly Performed in Oklahoma City at the Diamond Ballroom – Photos by Addie Hayes
Before moving on to the next song, Nelly spoke to the crowd saying, “all my ladies make some noise”, and the ladies made a lot of noise. He began singing the song “Over and Over”, the second single from his 2004 album Suit. The track featured country artist Tim McGraw, but Nelly got the chance to showcase his own singing when he performed the song at the Diamond Ballroom. When he finished, he said, “all my single ladies make some noise”, and the ladies were louder the second time around. Nelly is amazing with a crowd; he appreciates those who have followed him since his debut album and welcomes those who are new to his music.
Fans had their hands in the air and danced along to “The Fix”, and the crowd went crazy when Nelly announced a new song, “All Work No Play”; a track he has been performing live for a couple of years but has only recently recorded as the title track on an EP titled All Work, No Play, which is slated for release in 2019.
Nelly rounded out the night with two of his most popular songs. First up was “Hot In Herre”, followed by “Dilemma”, both from the 2002 album Nellyville. The show ended with fans wanting more, and with his upcoming tour with TLC and Flo Rida, fans will get more from Nelly.
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