Hip-Hop Comes To Branson

Branson will expand its musical offerings when hip-hop artist and rapper Nelly performs at an open-air concert on Aug. 21.

The concert will be part of the reopening of the Grand Palace, which has been closed for renovations. Nelly, a native of St. Louis, will perform in the music venue’s rear parking lot because of continuing construction inside the building.

Paul Dunn, manager of the Grand Palace, says Nelly’s show will be the first hip-hop concert performed in Branson. Dunn tells KSPR that he plans to bring a wider variety of new, famous artists to the restort town, which is generally known for its country, bluegrass and gospel shows.

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Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., is a Grammy award winner who has had hits such as “Country Grammar,” ‘‘Dilemma,” and “Hot in Here.”