When Common Ground Music Festival announced a shortened festival this year, it promised to make up for it with bigger names. So far, it’s making good on that promise. The festival announced yesterday that hip-hop superstar Big Sean will headline its July 9 lineup.
Raised in Detroit, Big Sean — real name Sean Anderson — is a four-time Grammy nominee and five-time BET Hip Hop Award winner. His debut album, 2011’s “Finally Famous,” was released on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam imprint. His 2015 release, “Dark Sky Paradise,” hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts, powered by hit singles “I Don’t Fuck With You” (featuring E-40), “Blessings,” (featuring Drake and Kanye West) and “One Man Can Change The World” (featuring Kanye West and John Legend). His latest album, “I Decided.”, dropped last month and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The festival also announced that Fetty Wap will join the July 9 lineup. The New Jersey rapper was catapulted to national fame when his debut single, “Trap Queen,” became a surprise hit, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Previously announced headliners for this year’s festival are country superstar Toby Keith (July 7) and breakout pop singer/songwriter Alessia Cara (July 6). Toby Keith is joined July 7 by country acts LOCASH and Aileeah Colgan, as well as Michigan natives Drew Hale and Lisa Mary. The July 6 lineup also features hip-hop artist KYLE, pop trio AJR, singer/songwriter James Arthur, pop singer/songwriter Phoebe Ryan and Michigan native Olivia Millerschin.
Formerly a six-day festival, this year’s festival has been shortened to four days, July 6 through 9. The festival has not announced the headliner for July 8.