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Meadows Music and Arts Festival NYC lineup: Artists to catch at Citi Field

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival is back for its second year with a lineup almost as insane as Kanye West's abrupt exit at last year's show.

This year, the festival has been expanded from two days to three, headlined by West's "Watch the Throne" partner Jay Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz. Other big names include Future, Run the Jewels and Erykah Badu.

Hear are six artists you don't want to miss at this year's Meadows fest, which kicked off at Citi Field Friday, and lasts through Sunday.

Erykah Badu (Saturday)

Both an outspoken activist and velvet-smooth soul singer,
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Both an outspoken activist and velvet-smooth soul singer, the inimitable Erykah Badu has been reinventing herself since she arrived in New York from Dallas almost 20 years ago. The multi-platinum singer/songwriter has bounced in and out of music, but is still a sight to behold onstage, a pioneering figure of modern R&B who has never missed a beat.

Gorillaz (Saturday)

Hot off their
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Hot off their "Humanz" album release, Gorillaz will be back in town as the third headliner of the Meadows fest. The virtual band's real-life creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are sure to put on a lively show, featuring plenty of appearances from 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. Big names, from Vince Staples to Grace Jones, make appearances on their fifth studio album and just may join Gorillaz on stage.

Future (Saturday)

Future has been on the road with some
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Future has been on the road with some of the rap world's latest talents, from Young Thug to A$AP Ferg to Migos, who will also be performing at the Meadows. The rapper has been busy, releasing "Purple Reign," "Evol" and his self-titled album just this past February. And a Future appearance always means there's potential for Drake to come out for a few songs.

BADBADNOTGOOD (Saturday)

Collaborating with the likes of Kaytranada and Kendrick
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Collaborating with the likes of Kaytranada and Kendrick Lamar, jazz band BADBADNOTGOOD has been making waves of their own, combining their unique sound with hip-hop influences on their latest album, "IV." Expect to jam out at this lesser-known band's set.

M.I.A. (Saturday)

The England-born rapper who brought you
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The England-born rapper who brought you "Paper Planes" is bringing her latest album "AIM" to Queens, featuring the single "Borders." The outspoken performer, who has taken a political stand on issues like immigration, may not hold back when handed the mic at the Meadows.

Weezer (Sunday)

The lovable band Weezer will be playing some
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The lovable band Weezer will be playing some of your favorite tracks from the 1990s and '00s, in addition to its new "Feels Like Summer" single which was released ahead of its upcoming album. We'll be in the back screaming the lyrics to "Say It Ain't So."

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Sunday)

If you were lucky enough to snag a
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If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket, you may have seen Anthony, Chad, Josh and Flea in concert back in February during their three-night Madison Square Garden run. But for the many who didn't make it to the sold-out shows, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be back in all their rock glory, performing tracks from their latest, "The Getaway," and all of your favorites.

Nas (Sunday)

If Jay-Z is the crown-covered head of New
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If Jay-Z is the crown-covered head of New York, Nas is the city's undeniable poet's soul. The 13-time Grammy nominee hasn't released an album since 2012's "Life is Good," but has not lost a single step on the microphone. The Brooklyn-born hip-hop icon is set to perform on day three of the festival, closing out a weekend of art and music.

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