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Did you follow our lineup clues Instagram story before the lineup announcement? Have you been combing the internet to put the puzzle pieces together - who has an Oscar? Who composed a ballet? Well, we have all of those details and more! Get to know our 2018 lineup a little better below.

3 Guinness World Record Holders

Katy Perry holds a whopping 12 Guinness World Records! Among them, she was the First Person to Accumulate 100 Million Followers on Twitter (she’s currently topping out at 109,093,429 followers); she was the First (and only) Female to have Five No. 1 Singles from One Album on the U.S. Charts (“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)”, “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework” and “E.T.”), and only the second in the history of the U.S. singles charts after Michael Jackson; and she holds the record for the Largest TV Audience for a Super Bowl Half-Time Performance with 118.5 million people tuning in - the seven-song set at Super Bowl XLIX (New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks) attracted a larger average TV audience than the game itself.

Pharrell Williams (of N.E.R.D) holds the record for Longest Music Video. In November 2013, Pharrell released the “world’s first 24-hour music video” for his single “Happy” on the website 24hoursofhappy.com. The star-studded video features people dancing and singing along to the four-minute track, which is played on a loop 360 times. Pharrell appears in the video every hour on the hour.

The Wailers (with Bob Marley) hold the record for the Most Successful Reggae Artist in the U.S. Legend - The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers, is the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with sales of over 10 million in the U.S. alone.

Composed A Ballet


Big Boi, of Outkast fame, collaborated with the Atlanta Ballet on a new show in 2008. The show, entitled big, was performed by the Atlanta Ballet and choreographed by Lauri Stallings. Audience members were pulled on stage, dancers weaved through the audience, and Big Boi and a live band performed some of his greatest hip-hop collaborations. In 2010, Big Boi and Stallings joined forces again on gloATL’s “Hinterland,” a spectacular one-night event in downtown Atlanta that featured a parade full of drumming, acrobats, stunt-biking, a human in a giant hamster ball, hundreds of dancers, juggling, fire eating and more!

Academy Award Winner

Melissa Etheridge took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for 2007’s “I Need to Wake Up” from the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.


Performed at the White House

Earth, Wind & Fire has had the honor of performing at the White House twice. They first performed at a party in 2000, and they performed again at President Obama’s first formal dinner, the Governors’ Ball, in February 2009.

Acronyms, Anagrams & Other Alphabetical Antics


The name Imagine Dragons is a secret anagram for a phrase that only the band members know. “At this point, it’s been built up so much that anything we say is going to be a letdown,” Wayne Sermon, the band’s guitarist, told Radio.com. “We might just leave it up to everyone’s imaginations. They probably have better guesses than the real answer.”


Halsey is an anagram of the singer’s first name (Ashley) and a reference to the Halsey Street subway station in Brooklyn, NY. “I grew up in New Jersey, and I would always take the train into New York, and I was getting into a lot of trouble,” she told Nylon Magazine. “When I was 17 I was seeing a guy who was 24 and he lived on Halsey Street in Brooklyn. That’s where I first started writing music and where I started to feel like I was a part of something bigger than my town in middle of nowhere New Jersey. Halsey is kind of like a manifestation of all the exaggerated parts of me [Ashley], so it’s like an alter ego.”

N.E.R.D is a backronym No-one Ever Really Dies, which is also the name of the hip hop group’s 2017 album, featuring the hit single “Lemon” with Rihanna.


TLC is an acronym for the singers’ names (Tionne, Lisa and “Chilli”). The original “C” in the group was Crystal Jones. When Rozanda Thomas replaced Jones shortly after the group’s formation, she took on the name “Chilli” to fit the acronym. The other members took on nicknames, too - Tionne Watkins became “T-Boz” and Lisa Lopes became “Left-Eye.” After Lopes' death in 2002, the duo of Watkins and Thomas decided to move forward without a replacement. According to Thomas, "at this point, this is the new TLC: T-Boz and Chilli and [Lopes’] memory and spirit."

SWMRS is a disemvowelment of “Swimmers,” a name derived from the band’s 2014 EP Swim.

CVBZ, aka Sean Jacobs, is pronounced “cubs”. The stage name comes from a funky spelling of the suffix of Jacobs’ last name.

On the Big Screen

13 artists in the 2018 KAABOO lineup have had significant roles on the big screen. Their credits include:

    • Katy Perry (Smurfs, Zoolander 2)

    • Nelly (Snipes, The Longest Yard, Reach Me)

    • Slash (The Dead Pool, Tales From the Crypt, Private Parts, Bruno)

    • Big Boi (ATL, Idlewild, Who’s Your Caddy?)

    • Gucci Mane (Spring Breakers, Confessions of a Thug)

    • The All-American Rejects (Tyson Ritter has been in a number of movies, including The House Bunny, Love & Mercy, Miss You Already, The Sweet Life)

    • Billy Idol (The Wedding Singer)

    • Jewel (Sandy Wexler, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Ride with the Devil)

    • Blondie (Debbie Harry has been in a number of movies, including The Foreigner, Union City, Videodrome, Forever, Lulu, Satisfaction, Six Ways to Sunday, Deuces Wild)

    • TLC (Chilli was in Snow Day, Ticker, Marshall)

    • Everclear (Art Alexakis has been in a number of movies, including Committed, Rid of Me, Wild)

    • N.E.R.D (Pharrell Williams was in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Entourage, Pitch Perfect 2, Get Him to the Greek)

    • Earth, Wind & Fire (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, That’s the Way of the World)