BMI at Lollapalooza 2016

Get ready to rock at the BMI/Lollapalooza stage, our 11th edition in the festival’s 25-year history, featuring an eclectic lineup of some of today’s rising stars. From July 28 - 31, beginning at 1:00 PM, you can check out 24 of BMI’s most promising bands and songwriters, ranging from the R&B/pop grooves of SoMo and the psychedelic sounds of Sunflower Bean to `80s-inspired pop duo Secret Weapons and the boundary-pushing hip-hop trio Flatbush ZOMBiES.

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Flashback: Breakout Moments on the BMI Stage

2007: Lady Gaga

In 2007, Lady Gaga made her debut at Lollapalooza on the BMI stage with special guest Lady Starlight. In 2010, she surprised the audience (and us) by taking the stage yet again to perform with Semi Precious Weapons! At just 30 years old, Gaga is the fourth-best-selling digital singles artist in the United States and was the first female artist to receive the prestigious Digital Diamond Award from the RIAA for her single “Bad Romance.”

2009: Cage The Elephant

From the very beginning of their career, Cage The Elephant has exuded a special quality with their music and expertly brought it to our stage in the summer of 2009. Since then, they have earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2015 for Best Alternative Music Album. Their most recent album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and has been well received by music critics.

2010: Semi Precious Weapons

In support of their second album, You Love You, Semi Precious Weapons stormed our stage with electrifying performances including “Magnetic Baby.” They have since toured with Lady Gaga and Kesha. Lead singer Justin Tranter has also found great success as a songwriter after teaming up with Julia Michaels and co-writing hit singles such as Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Good For You” and Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself.”

2013: Chance The Rapper

With his second mixtape, Acid Rap, earning him major recognition, Chance the Rapper brought high energy to our stage with stand-out tracks such as “Cocoa Butter Kisses.” The Chicago native has since worked with music heavyweights including Kanye West, met with President Obama to discuss the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge initiative and has since released his third mixtape, Coloring Book, which has been described as a “Gospel-Rap masterpiece” by Rolling Stone magazine.

2015: Halsey

With only one EP to her name, Halsey headlined the final night of Lollapalooza to a massive crowd singing along to every word. Later that summer, she released her debut album, Badlands, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart and became the highest charting album for her record label, Astralwerks. She has since toured with Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd and even sold out Madison Square Garden.

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