The gospel celebration will also include a performance by the NFL Players Choir of dozens of current and former professional football players and a performance by Lecrae, the Christian rapper NFL players have named this year's "Player's Choice" artist.
"It's a definite honor, really to even be considered but on top of that to be requested by the players. It's really humbling," said Lecrae.
Miami rapper Pitbull has two scheduled appearances this weekend: Friday night he's performing at an invitation-only party by Rolling Stone with rapper Flo Rida and Nick Cannon. On Saturday, he performs for the general public during DIRECTV's "Celebrity Beach Bowl," a star-studded flag football match that will include Snoop Dogg, Neil Patrick Harris, Chace Crawford, Josh Hutcherson and former NFL players Deion Sanders and Warren Moon.
Also Saturday, CMT is hosting a "Crossroads" concert with headliners Journey and Rascal Flatts.
Though many of the star-studded concerts will have limited access or are by invitation only, dozens of local artists will be performing throughout the weekend on stages set up along the Mississippi River and in the NFL Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Many downtown streets are being closed to traffic to allow more pedestrian access in the main entertainment areas — the French Quarter, riverfront and near the Superdome.
"It's great that it's back here. There's a rich tradition here in New Orleans of just having a great time," CeeLo said. "The atmosphere in New Orleans is always upbeat."
AP Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. contributed to this report from Atlanta.
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