Other notable acts include Skrillex, the electronic producer and DJ (born Sonny Moore) who won three Grammy Awards this year and has become the face of dubstep, the throbbing, bass-heavy dance music; Maybach Music, the alliance of hip-hop heavyweight Rick Ross, Washington rapper Wale, and Philadelphia’s Meek Mill; the formerly reclusive, now resurgent soul man D’Angelo; Dutch DJ Afrojack; the acclaimed Brooklyn indie-rock band Dirty Projectors; genre-smashing avant-pop acts Janelle Monáe and Santigold (the Philadelphia-reared songwriter Santi White); controversial hip-hop collective Odd Future, and indie-electro band Passion Pit.
The Los Angeles punk-rock legends X, British electro-soul man Calvin Harris, production duo The Knocks, and British singer-songwriter Rita Ora, who is signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, are also on the bill, along with rocktronic trio Savoy (performing a DJ set), Swedish pop band Miike Snow, and Bronx-born Latino pop star Prince Royce.
More acts are yet to be announced, Made in America’s Facebook page was still declaring this morning.
One prominent rumored name was Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé, who will make her return to the stage this week at Revel casino in Atlantic City, after giving birth in January to their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Also not on the list, but the subject of much speculation, are smooth-operating Canadian rapper Drake and Philadelphia’s The Roots.
The latter, who host their own Roots Picnic festival on June 2 and 3 at the Festival Pier and will also play on the Parkway during the city’s Welcome America! Fourth of July celebration, are expected to play a role at the festival even if they don’t wind up on the official card.