CORRECTION: Despite earlier reports, neither Lady Gaga nor R. Kelly will perform in Selma this weekend for the commemorative event. The singer’s publicist confirmed that this was never booked and “100% not true.” Al.com, which originally reported the news, now quotes the executive director of the Selma to Montgomery 50th Commemoration Foundation saying, “They [Gaga and R. Kelly] are not confirmed but tentative.” According to Billboard, a rep for Gaga confirmed her team has issued a cease-and-desist notice to the Alabama promoter.
POSTED MARCH 3: Lady Gaga and R. Kelly will perform in Selma Saturday night following President Barack Obama’s speech at the Selma 50 event, according to WSFA 12 News. The event recognizes the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to its website.
T.I., Young Breezy, We Are Toonz, Bigg Robb, The Impressions, and The Voice‘s Toia Jones will also take the stage. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, along with a number of U.S. senators and representatives, will also be in attendance.
The commemoration will continue on Sunday, with the annual crossing over Edmund Pettus Bridge, and another concert. Rick Ross, Aloe Blacc, Doug E. Fresh, Estelle, Flavor Flav, India.Aire, Kelly Price, MC Lyte, Vanilla Ice, and others are set to perform. Harry Belafonte, Peter Yarrow, Bill Bellamy, Bill Withers, Cicely Tyson, Gary Owen, John Salley, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tom Joyner, and others, are set to appear.
Sunday’s concert will stream live on BET.com and CentricTV.com, and will later air on March 15 with historical footage, interviews, and photographs.