Celebrity entertainers, are you really anybody if you don’t perform in Miami? Answer: No. Don’t debate me. Fortunately for South Florida residents, the hottest performers come to Miami year after year.
This year’s concert lineup does not disappoint. Of course, it could be better, but then again, your favorite chart-topping singer/rapper/musician still has time to announce their dates to their latest tour.
In the meantime, these are the hottest concerts to attend:
1. APRIL 13: Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers are bringing their biggest tour to North American and kicking it off in Miami.
Tickets to the 40-city tour “Memories: Do Not Open” also include a free copy of the duo’s upcoming album.
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Their Miami concert is April 13 at the American Airlines Arena.
2. APRIL 14: Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande and her permanent ponytail are going to sing Miami fans’ ears off in April.
Though at 23, the songstress refuses to part with her childish ponytail, Ariana Grande is nothing short of a vocal prodigy. I mean, have you seen her renditions of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and others on Jimmy Fallon’s Wheel of Musical Impressions? Her hair was weak, but her talent is epic.
She’ll be Miami for The Dangerous Women Tour at the American Airlines Arena on April 14.
3. APRIL 15: Chris Brown
Chris Brown, the controversial R&B singer, will be in Miami for The Party Tour on April 15.
Before his stop in Miami, Brown is set to appear in court with his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, who has filed for a restraining order. Tran alleges that Chris Breezy beat her before their relationship officially ended in 2015.
You’ll remember Brown, who has a young daughter, also beat another ex, Rihanna… He still has loyal fans.
Brown will perform at the American Airlines Arena.
4. APRIL 20: Big Sean
The Detroit rapper signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label, Big Sean will wrap up his “I Decided Tour” on Miami Beach in April.
Big Sean was recently named a global ambassador at Puma. The rapper formerly had a deal with Adidas.
He also appeared in GQ Style for a photo shoot with girlfriend Jhené Aiko.
The final stop of Big Sean’s I Decided Tour is April 20 at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
5. MAY 2: Gucci Mane
The Southern trap rapper Gucci Mane will be performing at the Fillmore Miami Beach on May 2 for his Trapgod Tour.
His Miami Beach show is the only stop in Florida.
6. JUNE 13: Chance the Rapper
You could play three games of Rock, Paper, Scissors with Chance the Rapper when he performs in Miami June 2. And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to do that? Chance, the recent first-time Grammy winner and all around great dude, announced dates for his Spring Tour 2017 in February.
Since then, he’s risen to advocacy for public school education and donated $1 million to Chicago schools.
He’ll be at the American Airlines Arena after a stop in Atlanta.
7. JULY 7: Paul McCartney
He needs no introduction. Paul McCartney will perform at the AmericanAirlines Arena as part of the One on One Tour.
8. JULY 17: Kehlani
This 22-year-old singer from Oakland, California is certainly making some noise in the ever-evolving R&B genre. After some relationship drama and a suicide attempt, Kehlani is owning her story and her sound.
The songstress was the subject of headlines most recently when she kicked out a fan for screaming her ex-boyfriend’s name at a concert. Kehlani will perform songs from her debut album at the Culture Room as part of the SweetSexySavage Tour.
9. JULY 24: Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$ must have enjoyed his time at Rolling Loud, because the Brooklyn rapper is returning to Miami in July. This time Bada$$ will be performing in the Everybody’s Tour with Maryland rapper Logic. If you haven’t heard of the artists it’s because he has never had a hit on the radio. But his second studio album “Everybody” is similar to Bada$$’s sophomore album “Amerikkkan Bada$4” as both the rappers use the platform to delve into sociopolitical themes.
Logic and Bada$$ will be at the Bayfront Park Amphithetre in late July.
10. JULY 30: Prince Royce
Prince Royce is set to stop in Miami for the tour of his fifth studio album “Five.” The bachata star and singer of “La Carretera” will be joined by Luis Coronel.
11. AUG. 13: Future
Future will perform in South Florida as part of the second leg of the Future Hndrxx Tour, the rapper announced Wednesday. The Aug. 13 tour stop will follow Future’s sets in Canada, Portugal, at the Summerfest in Milwaukee and for the first time ever, concerts in Africa.
The Atlanta rapper will team up with South Florida artist Zoey Dollaz and breakout singer Wizkid, who most recently featured Drake on his new track “Come Closer.”
The multiplatinum”Mask Off” rapper release two albums – both “FUTURE” and “HNDRXX” – in February 2017 and exactly a week apart. The back-to-back albums earned Future two No. 1 spots on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. He was the first artist to accomplish the feat in two consecutive weeks for separate album debuts in the Billboard’s six-decade history. The albums also earned Future lots of acclaim for their balance between showboating rockstar and introspective lyricist.
12. AUG. 14: J. Cole
J. Cole, the celebrated rapper and lyricist, announced his tour for his latest album, “4 Your Eyez Only,” and, of course, Miami is one of his stops.
“4 Your Eyez Only” is Cole’s fourth studio album and it follows”Forest Hills Drive,” which went platinum without features from other artists.
J. Cole will be perform at the American Airlines Arena on Aug. 14.
13. AUG. 30: Ed Sheeran
First there was “+” then there was “x.” Now English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is making a splash with “÷,” which shattered streaming records on Spotify and numbers of views on YouTube.
Sheeran recently graced the cover of Rolling Stones, an accomplishment he shared with fans on Instagram.
His North American tour begins in June with a stop in Miami on August 30. Sheeran will perform at the American Airlines Arena.
14. SEPT. 2: Kendrick Lamar
Less than two weeks after his headlining performance at Rolling Loud, Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar announced additional stops on the tour for his latest album, including a concert at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Sept. 2.
The DAMN. Tour, based on Lamar’s fourth studio album, “DAMN.” was announced on April 25 with stops across the country. The tour was missing any stops in Florida.
But Lamar is keeping to his word with the Miami addition. At the end of his set at Rolling Loud, the Compton rapper yelled to the crowd “I will be back!” before the stage went black, signaling an end to Day 2 of the hip-hop festival.