There has been a lot written about Usher's Lovers & Friends festival in Las Vegas. However, most of those articles have focused on the fallout of an alleged fight between Chris Brown and Usher. Usher reportedly suffered a beatdown at the hands of Brown and his entourage outside the roller rink hosting Brown's 34th birthday. It just so happened that the party was happening on the eve of the Usher-organized Lovers & Friends Festival.
Usher had reportedly been telling Brown to back off from Teyana Taylor, who Brown had been verbally assaulting inside. The incident allegedly left Usher with a bloody nose and bruised ribs. However, both he and Brown performed their sets at the festival. Furthermore, no further drama has emerged between the two of them. Lovers & Friends was awash with big-name talent, hailing itself as a hub of nostalgic hip hop. But away from the Brown-Usher drama, there were so many more wholesome link-ups going down.
N.O.R.E., 50 Cent, and Nelly were all scheduled to perform at Lovers & Friends. N.O.R.E. had a small set on the Crunk Stage. Nelly was the late afternoon anchor for the Friends Stage. Meanwhile, 50 Cent was locked into the Lovers Stage evening slot. They were just three of the 49 total articles that played the noon to midnight schedule. The festival closed out with sets from Missy Elliott and PartyNextDoor on the Lovers and Crunk Stages respectively. The day had opened with a set from Lil Mo on the Crunk Stage. Overall, the Crunk Stage was the busiest, with 18 acts performing between 12:00pm and 10:45pm.
However, despite their busy schedules, that didn't stop the three music legends from meeting up. N.O.R.E. is overjoyed to see 50 and Nelly, yelling at them excitedly, "Imma be honest, I kinda feel like I put both you n****s out". The three artists joked around for a few minutes before N.O.R.E. announced that he was leaving, going to embrace 50. Despite the drama earlier in the day, the festival appears to have gone off successfully without incident. Follow HotNewHipHop for all the latest music and festival news.