New York radio station Hot 97 announced the lineup for the annual mega show Summer Jam on Monday afternoon (May 3). The event takes place June 6 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, with [artist id="1270"]Usher[/artist] headlining a lineup that includes [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist], [artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist], DJ Khaled and Ludacris.
Trey Songz, Juelz Santana, Fabolous and Reflection Eternal fill out the roster, with Gucci Mane — who is due to be released from jail soon — rounding out the bill.
For headliner Usher, the top spot at the show is another feather in his cap for what is proving to be a strong year, which has already included a #1 album.
"This album means so much to my career," Usher recently said told MTV News about Raymond v. Raymond. "I think this is the one time where I'm able to put it all in, emotionally and the good times — super-freaky and then also super-emotional. Raymond v. Raymond, artistically, is one of my greatest pieces of work, not only just because of the content, but also the people whom I got involved in it: T.I., Will.I.Am, Puff, Nicki Minaj."
The album also features "She Don't Know," a track with Ludacris, who collaborated on one of Usher's biggest hits, 2004's "Yeah!" And the video for the Will.I.Am collaboration [url id="http://www.mtv.com/videos/usher/498588/omg.jhtml#artist=1270"]"OMG"[/url] recently hit the Internet. The clip is all performance as Usher brings his dance moves to the forefront. "A lot of people may have felt like I lost my swagger," Usher said. "Let me tell you something: I play long-balls, so now we back. This one is it: Raymond v. Raymond!"
As always, you can expect some of the performers to bring out surprise guests — it's a Summer Jam tradition. Some of the biggest names in the game have come out unadvertised for the concert. Just last year, Jay-Z set off his Blueprint 3 campaign by performing "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" as a special guest of Young Jeezy's.
In 2001, it was Jay-Z pulling a trump card, bringing out Michael Jackson.
What surprise guests do you want to see pop up at Summer Jam? Is anyone missing from the lineup? Let us know in the comments below!