The 2011 Homecoming concert lineup was announced at the Welcome Week Festival Aug. 26 by co-chairs Chris Wade, vice president for external affairs, and Kawanna Foster, SUAB president. The lineup is as follows: Meek Millz, Ace Hood, Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Wale, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross.
As the lineup was announced, Twitter and Facebook lit up as everyone at the event relayed the info to the world. The reaction to the lineup was mixed. Freshman Elexsis Trapp was excited, saying, “It’s good! I like it!” Meanwhile, junior Trier Settles said, “It’s not that exciting. I wanted to cry. My excitement was at a 10 and now it’s down to a 2.”
Many students admit that they don’t know what all goes into the process of putting together the concert each year. “It’s a long process that begins right after elections,” explains VPEA Chris Wade. “After final exams a planning meeting was held with Kawanna, Ryan Maltese, Tony Williams of Diamond Life Promotions, and myself.”
At the meeting they made a list of artists who fit the following qualifications: had radio play in Greensboro, had an album out or coming out, and had good album sales.
“We also have to be financially conscious. If we get a really big artist such as Nicki Minaj or Chris Brown the lineup would be smaller because they cost more,” said Wade. The list of artists they came up with were then made into a survey and sent out to students over the summer to vote on. Once they got the students’ opinions they checked to see which artists were available.”
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