Kiana Ledé to open Spring Fest

Student Association adds R&B singer to May 4 lineup

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R&B singer Kiana Ledé will open this year’s Spring Fest on May 4.

Student Association President Gunnar Haberl announced the opener in his monthly student-wide email Monday. Haberl mentioned Ledé as a performer among rappers Lil Baby, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Rich the Kid, all of whom SA previously announced on Twitter. This is the first time SA has held a strictly hip-hop or R&B Spring Fest since 2012. Haberl also wrote that “more” artists will be performing.

Ledé is best known for her hit single “EX,” which headliner Lil Baby remixed, and her acting role in MTV’s horror series “Scream.” Ledé’s 2018 EP “Selfless” includes a feature from last year’s fest headliner A$AP Ferg.

The singer recently made her debut on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart and “EX” currently sits at No. 18 on the Hot R&B Songs chart.

SA Entertainment Director Sandeep Chakravarthy wrote in an email that he added Ledé to the lineup around the same time as the other three artists. He wrote that he thought it was important to have female representation in one of SA’s “most popular events.”

“Kiana will add variety to the show,” Chakravarthy wrote. “She is a popular up-and-coming R&B artist who has been on tour with big acts like Ella Mai. With her on the bill, our Spring Fest lineup is strong.”

Chakravarthy wrote SA is looking into local acts and DJs to perform between sets, and SA will announce these performers closer to the date. 

Fest registration began on Tuesday at 10 a.m. 

Brenton Blanchet is the editor-in-chief and can be reached at brenton.blanchet@ubspectrum.com and on Twitter @BrentonBlanchet

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Brenton J. Blanchet is The Spectrum's managing editor and a junior communication major. He specializes in interviews with rising pop stars, but makes sure to still give UB the news scoop.

The Spectrum elected Brenton Blanchet as editor-in-chief for the 2019-20 academic year. Blanchet has been writing for The Spectrum since 2016.