Who is headlining this year’s NC Azalea Festival in Wilmington?

In this Feb. 4, 2016, file photo, Ludacris performs during the Madden Bowl XXII in San Francisco. In this Feb. 4, 2016, file photo, Ludacris performs during the Madden Bowl XXII in San Francisco.Image courtesy of Black Irish.

Start planning your beach trip now.

This year’s North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington will feature hip-hop star Ludacris.

Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges is set to perform at the main stage festival site near Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, with Childish Major. Tickets are $46.

Country music artist Billy Currington will also perform Thursday, April 12, with Drake White and Kenton Bryant. Tickets are $45. Since his debut album was released in 2003, Currington has had 11 No. 1 singles.

Tickets for both shows go on sale online and at the Azalea Festival ticket office at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Ludacris has 17 Grammy nominations and three wins. He has sold over 19.5 million units in the U.S., and about 7 million overseas.

In addition to his music career, Ludacris has also done his share of acting – appearing in indie drama “Hustle & Flow,” the “Fast and the Furious” sequels “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Fast Five,” “Fast & Furious 6” and “Fast & Furious 7.” He was also in “Crash,” which won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture. The role earned him Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice awards.

He has also had a recurring role as “Darius Parker” in the long-running hit television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Ludacris hosted the 2014 Billboard Music Awards to an audience of more than 11 million and was a judge for the groundbreaking summer singing competition series “Rising Star.”

The Main Stage is located at 701 N. Front St. in Wilmington (adjacent to the Schwartz Center). Gates will open one hour prior to show time (subject to change).

For more information: ncazaleafestival.org.

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