R&B Singer Ne-Yo to Headline 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta
Honda’s annual Battle of the Bands is designed to highlight the best marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), but it has also consistently featured established performing artists. Last year’s event was headlined by rapper and noted Acura owner Ludacris, and this year, Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter Ne-Yo will take the stage.
Ne-Yo will join eight of the nation’s top HBCU bands in Atlanta, performing at the city’s historic Georgia Dome on January 28, 2017.
“I can’t wait to perform along with these talented student musicians,” Ne-Yo said of the event. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this celebration of the HBCU community and culture, and I look forward to giving the fans a great show.”
“Ne-Yo is a great addition to the Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) lineup,” said Alexandra Warnier, manager of Corporate Social Responsibility for Honda. “We’re excited to welcome him to the HBOB stage and know the audience will be thrilled by Ne-Yo’s special performance.”
This is an especially notable installment of Honda’s long-running Battle of the Bands, for several reasons. Not only does it represent the 15th anniversary of HBOB, but this will also be the final time the event takes place at the Georgia Dome before it closes.
This year’s lineup includes marching bands from Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Bethune-Cookman University, North Carolina A&T State University, Texas Southern University, and Winston-Salem State University. Each of the final eight HBCUs, which were chosen by online voters, will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda in support of their music education programs.
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Tickets to the 2017 HBOB invitational start at $10, and are available at the official HBOB website.