Branson will expand its musical offerings when hip-hop artist and rapper Nelly performs at an open-air concert on Aug. 21.

The concert will be part of the reopening of the Grand Palace, which has been closed for renovations. Nelly, a native of St. Louis, will perform in the music venue’s rear parking lot because of continuing construction inside the building.
Paul Dunn, manager of the Grand Palace, says Nelly’s show will be the first hip-hop concert performed in Branson. Dunn had previously stated he had planned to bring a wider variety of new, famous artists to the resort town, which is known for its country, bluegrass and gospel shows.
Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., is a Grammy award winner who has had hits such as “Country Grammar,” “Dilemma,” and “Hot in Here.”
Update: The concert has now been moved indoors.
Second Update: As of 8/6/10, the Nelly concert has been moved to The Mansion Theater in Branson.