Hip-hop star Nelly drew nearly 6,300 fans to his concert at Arkansas State University on Saturday (13MAR05) despite well-publicised calls for a boycott by area ministers.

Officials say no protesters were in evidence as the HOT IN HERRE rapper took to the stage at the Convocation Center.

A group of 20 Jonesboro, Arkansas, ministers had complained that Nelly's songs refer to drugs, sex and violence and called on people to tear up their tickets.

During a rally on 1 March (05), the Reverend ADRIAN RODGERS of the Fullness of Joy Church said, "Jonesboro is a wonderful city because of what does not come here."

Nelly's concert at the northeastern Arkansas school was part of a nationwide tour.

15/03/2005 03:13