Atlanta’s biggest performance event, Annual Hot 107.9 14th Annual Birthday Bash, wrapped up early Sunday morning (June 21) with none of the drama many fans had anticipated.
Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane, the two headliners who some had expected to clash, performed about three hours apart, with Jeezy hitting the stage shortly after Midnight to close out the show.
Gucci Mane took to the stage following a performance by OJ Da Juiceman. The two also shared the stage for Gucci’s full set, which featured guests like Yo Gotti, Yung Ralph, Shawty Lo and others.
Young Jeezy performed a set that included hits like “Trap or Die,” “Put On,” “Go Crazy” and many of the newer releases from his expanding catalog.
While staying away from beef, Jeezy did continue his trend of bringing the biggest surprise guests to the stage.
“Y’all looking up here like I ain’t Mr. Birthday Bash,” he told fans before bringing out Mary J. Blige to greet the fans.
He then added to the festivities by introducing his newest artist JW to the crowd and presenting him with a bejeweled CTE chain, before leaving the rookie to perform his street hit “Baik At It.”
The surprises continued when Jeezy brought out part-time Atlanta resident Lil’ Wayne to perform his latest single, “Stay Strapped,” and “Every Girl” to the delight of fans.
Despite Jeezy’s shortened set, the sold-out crowd seemed satisfied with the end of the star-studded show.
As in previous years, the event featured a mix of local and national acts, with established artists gladly sharing the stage with newcomers.
Artists that graced the stage during the evening included Rick Ross, Twista, Jeremih, Trey Songz, Hurricane Chris, Nicki Minaj and OJ the Juiceman, amongst others.
Hot 107s Birthday Bash’s reputation for stunts also continued, when Plies attempted to distribute $50,000 at the beginning of his set.
Fans of Brooklyn rapper Fabolous were left disappointed.
The rapper was one of several last minute guests.
He appeared on stage announced, performing his hit single Breathe, but during his third song, the rappers microphone was cut and his backing music was lowered.
One of the highlights of the evening came when newcomers F.L.Y. brought out rap vet Pastor Troy to perform his classics “No Mo Play in G.A.” and “Vice Versa,” which drew a response from the crowd that rivaled any of the newer songs performed throughout the night.
The full event is scheduled to air on MTV. Check your local listings for air times.