Akon, Ne-Yo, 50 Cent wow Abu Dhabi at Etihad Arena

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Akon at the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi on December 22, 2023.

R&B superstars Akon and Ne-Yo wowed the crowd at Etihad Arena in an electrifying performance to round out the second day of action at World Tennis League in Abu Dhabi.

The global artists headlined the R&B Night closing concert of the World Tennis League on Friday (December 22), which also saw 50 Cent capping the opening day on Thursday (December 21).

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On Friday, Etihad Arena saw a unique reunion for Akon and Ne-Yo, with the duo sharing the same stage following their 2011 collaboration with David Guetta on the chart-topping single, Play Hard.

A globally renowned singer, songwriter and producer, Akon has wowed audiences worldwide with his unique blend of R&B, hip-hop and pop music for decades. With his captivating vocals and infectious beats, Akon has not only topped the music charts but has also received numerous accolades throughout his illustrious career, including several Billboard Music Awards.

Alongside current hits including Right Now (Na Na Na), Lonely and I Wanna Love You, Akon’s discography includes a Grammy win for his collaboration with Eminem on the hit single, Smack That.

Ne-Yo received mainstream popularity in the early 2000s, writing Let Me Love You, a number one pop hit for Mario, before becoming a prominent star in the industry.

His accolades include three Grammy awards, winning his first in 2007 for Best Contemporary R&B album, Because of You. His smash-hit single, Miss Independent saw him earn two more Grammys, including Best R&B song and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. ICA/Expat Media

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