Ludacris to headline Charter Day festivities at William and Mary

The College of William and Mary will celebrate this year's Charter Day, the day on which it received its royal charter in 1693, with a performance by a member of rap music's own royalty: Ludacris.

The Grammy award-winning rapper will perform Feb. 7 at Kaplan Arena with singer Andy Grammer opening the show. The show is set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for faculty and staff with a special discount code and $30 for members of the public. They go on sale Jan. 19 at

Ludacris has sold more than 20 million albums in the U.S. and more than 7 million abroad. He has been nominated 17 times for Grammy awards and has taken home three, including 2006's "Best Rap Song" for "Money Maker" with Pharrell Williams and "Best Rap Album" for "Release Therapy." He's also an accomplished actor, with TV and movie appearances such as "Law and Order," "Crash," "Hustle and Flow" and several of the "Fast and Furious" films. He has also served as a judge on ABC's "Rising Star" singing competition and as a host of the Billboard Music Awards.

Grammer, winner of two BMI pop music awards, has released singles including "Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine By Me" and has appeared alongside a wide variety of artists including Taylor Swift and Train.

The concert is sponsored by William and Mary's Student Assembly and the college’s student programming entity, Alma Mater Productions.

Sampson can be reached at 757-345-2345.

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