Ludacris performing during Super Bowl week
EmptyNEW YORK -- Tom Petty may be the official Super Bowl halftime performer, but the week leading up to the big game will feature plenty of other performers -- and Ludacris will be among them.
The 30-year-old rapper has been selected to perform at ESPN The Magazine's Next party Feb. 1, which will highlight future trends in sports, technology and lifestyle.
The Super Bowl is Feb. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
"(It) feels good to be back in Arizona," said Ludacris in a statement. "Phoenix is the hometown of my artist Willie Northpole so it's only right to bring 'Disturbing Tha Peace' back home."
Soulja Boy Tell'em, whose "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was one of last year's biggest hits and dance crazes, will be holding a dance challenge featuring athletes at an ESPN the magazine event Feb. 2.
The days leading up to Super Bowl will feature a bevy of parties and special events.
Mary J. Blige and Maroon 5 will perform at "The VH1 Pepsi Smash Superbowl Bash" on Jan. 31; the concert will air on the cable network Feb. 2.