Hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj headlining X Games

Skylar Grey, left, and Nicki Minaj perform on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj has her sights set on Austin; the Grammy-nominated artist is one of the headliners performing on the new Super Stage during the  X Games at the Circuit of the Americas. Organizers say X Games Austin is returning to Central Texas after a successful debut last year. The games run from June 4 through June 7, “bringing one of the most complete youth culture experiences available with an enhanced, sport, music, gaming and festival lineup.”

“I look forward to channeling the energy and spirit from the X Games into a performance Austin will not forget,” said Minaj.

The Super Stage will host headlining musical performances from a larger concert venue spot. Three-day tickets start at $109, and tickets go on sale Friday. Additional headline music artists and competitions will be announced later. So far, Talib Kweli, Pennywise and Deltron 3030 are among the first performers to be announced for the Sound Factory stage. That stage will also feature a lineup curated by Austin radio station KUTX, which will include performances by Bright Light Social Hour, Ume, A. Sinclair, Zeale and Walker Lukens.

Kicking off with Moto X Step Up in front of the Capitol building in Downtown Austin, X Games organizers say this year they will feature the new disciplines of Moto X Quarterpipe and Skateboard and BMX Big Air Doubles. A Freestyle derivative, Moto X Quarterpipe will feature six riders throwing their single best trick off a quarterpipe ramp. Organizers say Big Air Doubles will combine the excitement of the Skateboard and BMX Big Air disciplines by combining BMX and Skateboard athletes together in a team competition.

X Games Austin sport disciplines

SKATEBOARD BMX MOTO X RALLY & OFF-ROAD TRUCK
Big Air Big Air Best Whip Super Rally
Big Air Doubles Big Air Doubles Enduro X (M & W) Off-Road Truck Racing
Park Dirt Quarterpipe
Street (M, W & Am) Park Speed & Style
Vert Vert Step Up

Check out the X Games website for a full schedule of events.

How to watch X Games Austin if you’re not heading out there

ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 24 hours of live X Games Austin competition, which will also be accessible via WatchESPN to viewers who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.  Additional coverage of sports and music will be carried on ESPN3, as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms — including XGames.com, X Games app, X Games pages across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more.

More about Nicki Minaj

Rap’s reigning queen, Minaj recently released her third full-length album, The Pinkprint, which arrived at number two on the Billboard Top 200 list and number one on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop album charts, quickly becoming one of the highest-selling female debuts of 2014. In addition to achieving the highest digital sales for any female artist in history with more than 50 million track sales, Minaj has earned numerous awards including, four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. Minaj is nominated for two 2015 Grammy Awards for “Best Rap Song” and “Best Pop/Duo Performance.”

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