MANCHESTER, Tennessee — R. Kelly brought a soulful sexy vibe to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival farm as only he can, infusing his Saturday night set with enough tongue-in-cheek innuendo and off-the-cuff humor to keep everyone bouncing along with him and his crew.
Kelly let it all hang out, serving up his “Ignition (Remix)” right off the bat before presenting a perfect blend of feel-good party jams and gut-wrenching ballads.
The crooner invited the crowd to join his “Fiesta” and “Move Your Body Like a Snake,” convincing them there’s nothing wrong with a lil “Bump ‘n Grind.”
R. Kelly’s medley also hit Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” alongside “Sex in the Kitchen,” “Step In the Name of Love” and “I’m a Flirt.”
“If music has inspired you to do better, make some noise,” Kelly encouraged before capping off his set with “I Believe I Can Fly,” backed by a robed choir as dozens of white dove balloons floated dreamily into the night sky.
Earlier in the day, Nas and Bjork held it down on the main stage.
The festival wraps up Sunday (June 16) with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky.
Twenty One Pilots got Bonnaroo revved up for the weekend Thursday with the off-the-charts pep of their opening-day set.
On Friday, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Solange, Schoolboy Q and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes joined forces for a “Superjam,” showing off their skills as Boston band Lettuce, featuring a tight horn section, brought the funk.
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