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  • Chris "Ludacris" Bridges is an Atlanta-based entertainer, actor, entrepreneur, humanitarian and philanthropist.

    Chris "Ludacris" Bridges is an Atlanta-based entertainer, actor, entrepreneur, humanitarian and philanthropist.

  • The crowd went crazy when fellow Georgian Ludacris joined Jason Aldean onstage April 13 for their hit, "Dirt Road Anthem."

    The crowd went crazy when fellow Georgian Ludacris joined Jason Aldean onstage April 13 for their hit, "Dirt Road Anthem." Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung

Recording artist, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has achieved phenomonal commercial and critical success since emerging as a rapper at the height of the Dirty South movement. The entertainer has sold more than 20 million albums and earned three Grammys, as well as other awards and honors.

Born in Champaign, Illinois, Ludacris moved to Atlanta at age 9, attended Georgia State University and interned at radio station Hot 97.5. He eventually moved up to an on-the-air position as DJ Chris Lova Lova. “Phat Rabbit,” the single Ludacris recorded with now-superstar producer Timbaland (who discovered him on the airwaves), turned heads in 1998 and later landed on the 2000 Def Jam debut, "Back for the First Time." With single “What’s Your Fantasy” scaling the charts, Ludacris quickly became a mainstay on the commercial hip-hop scene, consolidating his strengths with sophomore album "Word Of Mouf" and appearing on hit singles by everyone from Mariah Carey to Chingy.

Prior to his third album, "Chicken-N-Beer," Ludacris and his manager, Chaka Zulu, launched their own boutique label in partnership with Def Jam, Disturbing tha Peace. Meanwhile Ludacris launched his acting career, first with small parts in "The Wash" and "2 Fast 2 Furious," and then a substantial contribution to the Oscar-winning ensemble drama "Crash." Significant musical awards started arriving in 2005 with “Yeah!,” a collaboration with Lil Jon and Usher, landing a Grammy. Ludacris landed two more Grammys with 2007’s "Release Therapy"—one for Best Rap Album and another for “Money Maker” (with Pharrell) as Best Rap Song