Known as the larger-than-life ambassador of New Orleans Bounce music, Big Freedia is a nationally recognized hip-hop artist, TV personality and cultural influencer. Most recently she made headline news for her feature on Beyoncé’s long-awaited lead single “Break My Soul,” released on June 21.
Premiering Monday June 27, 2022, Big Freedia appears as a cast member – alongside others like NeNe Leakes, Lamar Odom, Ray J – on BET’s reboot of “College Hill: Celebrity Edition.” The eight-episode series follows the stars as they return to school and focus on their higher education.
In addition to releasing her own critically acclaimed EPs, 3rd Ward Bounce (2018), Louder (2020), and Big Diva Energy (2021), the Big Freedia, also known as the Queen of New Orleans Bounce, also appeared on numerous high profile projects, including Beyoncé’s Grammy award-winning, “Formation,” and on Drake’s “Nice For What,” where she brings her distinctive voice and signature catchphrases to all her work. Last year, she covered “Judas” on Lady Gaga’s Born this Way The Tenth Anniversary album (2021).
Big Freedia is known for her infectious energy and personality. In 2019, she was the official host for the Met Gala IG Live Stream Red Carpet event and a host of 2021’s “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” TV celebration. Known by her fans as the “Queen Diva,” Big Freedia is a loud and proud advocate for racial and gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights.
In 2021, Big Freedia was honored as one of Ebony’s Power 100 and she has appeared on “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight,” NPR, “The Breakfast Club,” “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and “The Real.” Big Freedia’s ascension in the music industry was chronicled over six seasons in the highly rated reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back from 2011-2016 on Fuse TV. Her critically acclaimed 2015 memoir, God Save the Queen Diva (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) was released in paperback in 2020.