Ludacris performing at Super Bowl event

By | January 15, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Tom Petty may be the official Super Bowl halftime performer, but the week leading up to the big game will feature plenty of other performers – and Ludacris will be among them. The 30-year-old rapper has been selected to perform at ESPN The Magazine’s Next party Feb. 1, which will highlight future trends in sports, technology and lifestyle.

The Super Bowl is Feb. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

“(It) feels good to be back in Arizona,” said Ludacris in a statement. “Phoenix is the hometown of my artist Willie Northpole so it’s only right to bring `Disturbing Tha Peace’ back home.”

Soulja Boy Tell’em, whose “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” was one of last year’s biggest hits and dance crazes, will be holding a dance challenge featuring athletes at an ESPN the magazine event Feb. 2.

The days leading up to Super Bowl will feature a bevy of parties and special events.

Mary J. Blige and Maroon 5 will perform at “The VH1 Pepsi Smash Superbowl Bash” on Jan. 31; the concert will air on the cable network Feb. 2.