All sorts of people like The-Dream: rap people, pop people, contemporary-R&B people, bearded people. But apparently not ceiling-dancing people.
In the festival’s amusing tradition of assembling strange lineups that don’t exist in real life, this year’s Billboard showcase enlisted none other than Terius Nash to warm up the stage for the evening’s main attraction, Lionel Richie.
And it was kinda awkward!
Unsurprisingly, the venue (at the new Moody Theater, which Jay-Z also played this week) filled out early in the evening with people pumped to see Richie — and only Richie. Luckily, The-Dream stuck it out and put up a solid show anyway, jumping around in his glowing Back to the Future Part II sneakers and delivering favorites like “Shawty” and the slinky new single “Roc.”
Still, this was an audience the “Love King” just couldn’t seduce. Stoic and (in at least one case) asleep, the older-skewing crowd was so unimpressed that The-Dream eventually just asked, “A lot of y’all don’t know who the f— I am, huh?” He followed that up with a good-natured smile and a minor undressing, as if maybe it was his shirt that was preventing people from recognizing him.
It didn’t help much, but he did finally win the house over at the end of his run when he gushed, “I’m totally delighted to open up for one of our musical heroes.”
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