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Big Freedia


Known as the larger-than-life ambassador of New Orleans Bounce music, Big Freedia is a nationally recognized hip-hop artist, performer, and TV personality. In addition to releasing her own critically acclaimed EPs 3rd Ward Bounce (2018) and Louder (2020), Big Freedia has appeared on several high-profile projects, including her cover of “Judas” on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary album (June 2021). She also appeared on Beyoncé’s Grammy award–winning “Formation” and on Drake’s “Nice For What.” Known by her fans as the “Queen Diva,” Big Freedia is a loud and proud advocate for racial and gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights. Big Freedia’s EP Big Diva Energy was released in September 2021.