Best Homecoming: Big Freedia
Jazz Fest was a bittersweet return home for bounce rapper Big Freedia. After heavy touring and reality show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce gave the MC a huge boost in popularity, her mother, Vera Ross, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Freedia seemed in good spirits, though, looking as fabulous as ever in her first dedicated set. Revved up for the release her new album, Just Be Free, Freedia performed its lead single "Explode" as well as fan favorite "Azz Everywhere," where Queen Free brought up members of her large Jazz Fest crowd to strut their stuff.