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It’s “coming full circle” to perform “Hot in Herre” with Nelly at the 2023 VMAs


NLE Choppa said it was a “full circle moment” performing with Nelly at the 2023 VMAs.

After closing the stage with the three-time Grammy winner for their respective versions of “It’s Getting Hot” and “Hot In Herre,” Choppa — born Bryson Potts — exclusively told Page Six how the epic performance came together. unfolded.

“It just happened by reaching out to him and asking him,” he told us Tuesday night on the red carpet at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

“And it was one of the moments he was waiting for – to have with me and we did it and we shared the stage and we honored him.”

NLE Choppa performed at the 2023 VMAs with Nelly.

When asked how he felt sharing the stage with someone he admires, the “Walk Em Down” rapper, 20, responded, “I feel amazing, you know, full circle is complete, the generation gap has been closed. »

He added: “It’s a beautiful thing for hip hop. It’s iconic.

Just hours before Nelly – real name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. – took the VMA stage, he confirmed his romance with singer Ashanti was back on – 10 years after their split.

Nelly and NLE Choppa performing.
The rapper appeared at the VMAs pre-show to perform his hits “It’s Getting Hot” and “Hot In Herre.”

“Yeah, we’re still cool,” he shared in a new interview with “Love and Hip Hop” stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost.

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“I think it surprised both of us. It was nothing that I don’t think was planned.

NLE Choppa at the 2023 VMAs.
Choppa told Page Six on the red carpet that the epic performance came about after he contacted Nelly.
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Nelly, 48, said he thinks the time he and the “Foolish” singer, 42, spent apart brought them back to each other.

“I think we were both pretty much doing what we do, but sometimes being apart we understand each other better,” he said.

“You say, ‘Yo, let me see exactly what they see.’ » You know, because we can all get defensive sometimes in our own relationships. We know we’re wrong, but we’re going to stick to it. But we are all victims of it.

NLE Choppa at the 2023 VMAs.
“And that was one of the moments he was waiting for – to have with me and we did it and we shared the stage and we honored him,” he told us.

As for Ashanti, she confirmed the romance on the VMA red carpet Tuesday night — carrying a clutch adorned with a throwback photo of the couple from their youth in the spotlight.

Nelly and Ashanti first started dating in 2003 and were on and off for a decade before calling it quits for good in 2013.

Two years later, the “Dilemma” rapper left Shantel Jackson in 2015, but they split in 2021.



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