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Elton, Sting and Christina Aguilera: Just a few top performers coming to South Florida

Christina Aguilera will appear at Hard Rock in September.
Christina Aguilera will appear at Hard Rock in September. AP

1) Sting & Shaggy: What might seem at first glance like a puzzling pairing is actually a harmonious happening. Lyrical genius Sting is rock royalty, both as the dazzling front man of the English new wave band The Police and as a prolific and eclectic solo artist, while Jamaican singer Shaggy is best known for two pop hits, “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” But their shared love of the reggae sounds of the Caribbean united them to record the song “Don’t Make Me Wait.” It went so well that they ended up doing an entire album, titled “44/876,” which represents their respective countries’ calling codes. They’ll perform both separately and together, and you’ll hear all the hits, many with a new twist. Sept. 15 at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

2) Christina Aguilera: It’s fitting that this multiple Grammy-winning songbird is a judge on “The Voice,” as she is the only artist under the age of 30 to be included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. Aguilera’s Liberation Tour — her first since way back in 2008 — kicks off at the Hard Rock on the strength of her collab-heavy eighth studio album and first in six years. You’ll hear new singles such as “Accelerate” and “Fall In Line,” plus standards including “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” “Ain’t No Other Man” and “Beautiful.” Sept. 25 at the Hard Rock Live Event Center near Hollywood.

Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker: This colossal country coupling pairs multiple Grammy-winners and chart dominators. Lady Antebellum brings the sweet, sing-along harmonies of infectious hits such as “I Run to You,” “Just a Kiss,” “Downtown,” “Bartender” and, of course, “Need You Now.” Rucker — the ex-Hootie & the Blowfish front man who went on to become the first black American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association in 2009 — croons favorites including “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It Won’t Be Like This for Long,” “Alright,” “Wagon Wheel” and “For the First Time.” Sept. 29 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach.

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Nicki Minaj accepts the award for best hip-hop video for “Chun-Li” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall. She performs in October 2018 at the American Airlines Arena. Chris Pizzello Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

David Byrne: The avant-garde mad genius and Talking Heads front man hits the road in support of his seventh studio album, “American Utopia” (whose cover art is by the late Overtown artist Purvis Young), which continues his exploration of experimental pop and African rhythms. The tour features a 12-piece band and will be a mix of classics and new material. Said the 66-year-old Byrne via a release, “I’m excited. This is the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for ‘Stop Making Sense’ [in 1984], so fingers crossed.” Sept. 29 at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

5) Nicki Minaj & Future: Hip-hop fans: Want cutting-edge? The “NickiHndrxx Tour” features inimitable rap goddess Nicki Minaj, who possesses such an abundance of attitude that she was fired from “at least 15 jobs” early in life for discourtesy to customers. Fortunately, she was able to channel all that aggression into a suitable career, one that resulted in her breaking Aretha Franklin’s record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a female artist. Minaj teams up with Atlanta trap-rap star Future, who has elevated the Auto-Tune vocal effect to a true art form, spurring the L.A. Times to declare that his music “comes closest to conjuring the numbing overstimulation of our time.” Oct. 19 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

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Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. The 2016 Nobel literature winner appears in Broward in October 2018. Chris Pizzello AP

6) Bob Dylan and His Band: Whenever you have the chance to catch a concert by a Nobel Prize laureate and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, you take it. Folk-rock legend Dylan was the Voice of a Generation in the volatile ‘60s and has performed more than 2,500 shows, and he’s still going strong at age 77. He takes the stage with the band that played on his country-tinged 2012 studio album “Tempest,” which is his last album of new songs to date. You’ll also hear plenty of standards, chosen from timeless hits such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “I Want You,” “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Gotta Serve Somebody.” Oct. 24 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

7) Alice In Chains: It’s not often that a major rock group can survive the death of its founding lead singer. But after Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley finally succumbed to years of drug addiction in 2002, the pioneering Seattle grunge band mourned, went on hiatus, and eventually rebounded and thrived again. Guitarist and singer Jerry Cantrell leads the band in support of its upcoming sixth studio album, “Rainier Fog,” and its singles “So Far Under,” “Never Fade” and “The One You Know.” You’ll also hear classics such as “Rooster,” “Man In the Box,” “Heaven Beside You,” “Would?” and “No Excuses.” Oct. 28 at the Hard Rock Live Event Center near Hollywood.

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Singer Elton John performs before announcing final world tour at Gotham Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Evan Agostini Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

8) Elton John: The Rocket Man is blasting off for one final massive world tour, and it gives South Floridians at least three chances to catch him live. John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” journey spans three (!) years and five continents, showering fans all across the globe with hits from his 50-year career including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Daniel,” “Honky Cat,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” and, of course, “Rocket Man.” Nov. 23 and March 16 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise., Nov. 24 at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena.

FlFleetwood Mac: The Mac is back, albeit without founding singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. But Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Christine and John McVie are ready to roll with a pair of stellar replacements: Crowded House front man Neil Finn (“Don’t Dream It’s Over”) and Tom Petty’s guitarist, Mike Campbell. You’ll hear beloved hits including “Don’t Stop,” “Rhiannon,” “Dreams,” “Say You Love Me,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Over My Head,” “Go Your Own Way,” “You Make Loving Fun” and much more. Feb. 20 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

P! P(!)NK: Grammy-winning power-pop singer brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to town in support of her chart-topping seventh studio album and its smash hit “What About Us.” And although the bulk of her singles quickly go gold (“Get the Party Started,” “So What,” “Sober,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Try,” “Just Give Me a Reason”), the physically challenging spectacle of P!nk’s concerts is reason alone to see her live. Raved Newsday: “P!nk kept raising the stakes throughout the show, which is packed with aerial thrills, huge dance numbers and her unique collection of gritty, uplifting anthems.” March 1 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

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