This story screamed "viral stunt" but no, it's actually legit: On Saturday night at the Monroe Civic Center in northern Louisiana, hundreds of concertgoers paid upwards of $150 to attend a night billed as "R. Kelly's Black Panties Promo." Robert was scheduled to perform songs from his upcoming album (entitled Black Panties), and it was all a big deal for the town of 45,000. Concert promoter Cedric Johnson organized the event on Facebook. He presumably made a killing from the sold-out, Ticketmaster co-sponsored show.
At 10 p.m., Kelly hadn't shown. By 11 p.m., he still hadn't, and midnight went by without an appearance. The minutes ticked away.
Finally, at 1 a.m., a guy who was pretty clearly an R. Kelly impersonator walked on stage. He lip-synched for four minutes, using his phone for lyrical help, and then completed his performance. Show over. Texted Johnson to local TV news station KNOE News, "I'm so sorry. I got DOOPED." He later wrote on the event's official Facebook page, "A STATEMENT WILL BE GIVEN ON TODAY AS TO WHAT ACCUTALLY HAPPEND AT THE PARTY." We're still awaiting an explanation.
It all, somehow, gets better. According to gossip site Bossip.com, the impersonator is actually a dude who goes by "R. Jelly" and performs a song called "Thump and Grind." God bless everyone involved in this story.
[H/T: KNOE 8 News]