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H.E.R. has teamed up with Live Nation Urban to announced the second “Lights On Festival” this summer.
This year’s two-day event boasts performances from Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, Ty Dolla $ign, Lucky Daye, Masego, Kiana Ledé, Keyshia Cole and more.
H.E.R., who curated the lineup, will also be performing.
The festival takes place on Saturday, Sept.18 and Sunday, Sept. 19.
Festival attendees will also be privy to film screening, art installations, R&B Museum, Guitar Lounge, and an arcade.
The announcement came the day after H.E.R. picked up the Best Female R&B / Pop Artist award at the BET Awards 2021. The artist recently released her phenomenal album, “Back of My Mind,” this month… which will undoubtedly end up with a Grammy nomination or two.
When H.E.R. first arrived on the scene in 2016, she all but hid her identity. For her, the mission has always been about the music.
“I think it has allowed me to make the music the focus, and for people not to care about the superficial things or who I’m associated with, what clique I belong to—all those things that don’t matter,” she told ELLE.com. “It’s really made people focus on the music, and that’s what’s special about it.”
The singer also spoke about the responsibility of being a voice for women through her music.
“In the beginning, it was selfish—me releasing everything and being so honest. And then it turns out that all these women are like, “Wow, I feel this like she’s speaking my life.” My diary is also a lot of other people’s diaries. Just in different ways, different extremes. And it became a beautiful thing. It started to make me realize I can be a voice,” she told the publication.
“I’ve become a voice for young women who are growing up and uncomfortable being vulnerable, uncomfortable with changes, heartbreak—and becoming jaded. It’s about acknowledging it and empowering yourself, and empowering other women, sharing those stories, and making people feel like they’re not alone.”