In the wake of his eight nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards on February 8, rapper Lil Wayne is preparing to hit the road with a recently updated and expanded itinerary for his collaborative tour with T-Pain. The I Am Music Tour begins, as previously announced, on December 14 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, and continues through the new closing date of January 19 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

The trek is now a full 23 dates with stops along the way for a December 21 concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA, a December 27 gig at the United Center in Chicago, IL, and a New Year’s Eve bash at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA. The outing picks up again on January 2 at Bobcat Arena in Charlotte, NC, and features a January 16 show at Nassau Coliseum in New York, NY, as well as two shows in Canada.

In addition to fellow rapper T-Pain, the tour also features a diverse supporting lineup from the rock/rap group Gym Class Heroes, award winning R&B singer Keyshia Cole, and upcoming singer-songwriter Keri Hilson.

Lil Wayne is touring in support of his June 2008 release, “Tha Carter III,” which spent three weeks in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 and has already been certified double-Platinum. The initial round of dates for the I Am Music Tour leaked out in mid-November around the time the acclaimed rapper announced the release of “Dedication 3”, his most recent mixtape with DJ Drama.

During the inaugural Grammy Nominations Concert, held December 3 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Lil Wayne was announced as a nominee for eight award categories. The rapper’s nominations included Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance (“A Milli”), and Best Rap Song (“Lollipop”), as well as several nominations for his recent collaborative work.

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Lil Wayne itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

December 14 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
December 18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
December 19 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
December 21 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater
December 23 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
December 26 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
December 27 Chicago, IL United Center
December 28 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
December 29 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
December 30 Washington, DC Verizon Center
December 31 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
January 2 Charlotte, NC Bobcat Arena
January 3 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
January 4 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
January 8 St. Louis, MO Chafeltz Center
January 9 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
January 11 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
January 14 Montreal, QC Bell Center
January 15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Center
January 16 New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
January 17 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Center
January 18 Atlantic City, NJ Taj Mahal
January 19 Worcester, MA DCU Center