Nelly to Become First Rapper to Headline ‘CMT Crossroads’ With FGL, Kane Brown & More

by Jonathan Howard

Country Music Television is going to be blessed with a little Country Grammar courtesy of Nelly. The St. Louis-born rapper is set to headline CMT Crossroads. Nelly will be the first artist in rap to host the music series on CMT. Of course, there will be plenty of great talent joining him.

Those that know Nelly and his career know this isn’t a shocking revelation. The rapper has been genre-bending for years. Always proud of his country attitude and roots, Nelly has made his own way in rap and it has given him a successful career. While Nelly is set to headline on CMT Crossroads, he will be joined by some of his friends and he’s excited.

“I’m excited to celebrate my music with my friends and fellow artists on [CMT] Crossroads! When people talk about me crossing lines and genres, I think about it more that music brings folks together,” Nelly said about the upcoming show.

The official show is being called CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends. During the show, Nelly will be joined by a great group. Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, and Blanco Brown will all play as well. Back in 2004, Nelly and Tim McGraw made history with Over and Over. That song charted across multiple genres.

Of course, Nelly isn’t a one-and-done type artist. He is set to release a new country-rap album later this month. Heartland will be the 8th studio album from the award-winning artist. So far, two singles have been released for the upcoming project.

The first song, High Horse, features BRELAND as well as Blanco Brown. While Lil Bit features Florida Georgia Line. Surely fans can expect to hear these two songs during the performance. There could be more in store for country fans during the special CMT Crossroads episode.

‘CMT Crossroads’: Nelly & FGL Together Again

Florida Georgia Line is no stranger to working with Nelly. The two have joined multiple times for genre-bending tracks. Lil Bit is the latest in that line, which even has a FGL remix. While they have various songs together, one has been far more successful than the others thus far. The partnership runs deep with FGL appearing on Nelly’s last studio album in 2013.

When the two remixed the Florida Georgia Line classic, Cruise, it just worked. Nelly is going to do what he wants to do and as he moves towards a more country sound, he will likely make a lot of new fans. The hip-hop artist has the energy and stage presence to put on a great country show and he is genuine. This isn’t something Nelly does for money, it is a legit passion of his.

Country-rap crossovers aren’t always that popular and Nelly easily could have made hip-hop top-40 tunes for quite a while. However, he hasn’t taken the easiest path. The ability to change and transform one sound into another has made his career unique. Keep your eyes peeled for CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends on September 1st at 10 PM EST.