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Hip-hop artist Jeremih to headline A&O Ball

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Mariana Alfaro, Print Managing Editor

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Jeremih will headline this year’s A&O Ball, co-hosted by A&O Productions and For Members Only.

This is the second year in a row FMO and A&O are collaborating for Ball. On Friday, Jeremih will perform after rapper Aminé, who is the opener. Tickets are on sale online through the Norris Box Office.

Known for his hit songs “oui” and “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” Jeremih has been active in the music scene since 2008. The next year, the hip-hop and R&B artist rose to fame with his single “Birthday Sex,” which peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A&O co-chair Will Corvin, a Weinberg senior, said A&O is very excited about having Jeremih headline the concert, especially after his recent holiday mixtape with Chance the Rapper. Many Northwestern students voted for him in A&O’s poll, Corvin said.

“We really take that seriously in our decisions on which artist to bring,” he said. “Jeremih polled incredibly high, definitely one of the top artists on the poll, so we were really excited to bring an artist that students have told us in large numbers that they wanted.”

Weinberg senior Alexandra Lefkowitz, A&O’s concerts director, said the group decided Jeremih is the best fit for campus.

Jeremih and Aminé, Lefkowitz said, are a great combination.

“Aminé has an extremely popular single that we thought would be perfect to open for Jeremih, who has so many singles that people can sing along to and get excited about,” she said.

Weinberg senior Cheron Mims, FMO coordinator, said she was happy to see students’ positive reactions to both artists. She said A&O and FMO both expect this year’s attendance to be similar to last year’s, when the two groups collaborated to bring electronic dance musician Baauer and rap duo Rae Sremmurd to Ball.

Mims said she’s excited the groups were able to get Jeremih to headline the concert.

“I’m looking forward to his mixture of slow hits but also throwbacks,” Mims said. “He has a few hype songs and I think it’s going to be a good balance between the first act. Aminé is really, super hype and Jeremih is super, kind of, low.”

Friday’s event is the second-to-last concert A&O will hold this academic year, Lefkowitz said. The group will also host Philfest later this quarter.

“This is the last major music concert,” she said. “We’re hoping that people get excited about it.”

Allyson Chiu contributed reporting.

This story was updated at 1:50 a.m. with quotes from Cheron Mims.

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