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Hip-hop artist Nelly to perform in Branson

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Hip-hop artist Nelly will perform in Branson on Aug. 21 as part of the reopening of the Grand Palace.

Because of ongoing construction delays, the show will take place in the palace's back parking lot, according to SBJ's news partner KSPR.

Theater manager Paul Dunn spoke with KSPR about having a hip-hop artist in a town arguably known for its country and gospel music acts.

"It's important to Branson to get a spark," Dunn told KSPR on July 4. "In the economic situation the world is in right now, people will pay for great entertainment."

Tickets for the show will go on sale July 12 on the Grand Palace's Web site. The site is still under construction, but Dunn has been answering questions directly on the palace's Facebook page.

Austin, Texas born-Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., originally made a name for himself by rapping out of and about St. Louis after moving there as a teenager.[[In-content Ad]]

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