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(KSDK) -- It was black-tie and red carpet at the Four Seasons in St. Louis Saturday night.

Hip-hop entertainer and U-City native Nelly held his 8th annual Black and White Ball. It's a "who's who," invite only affair And it's for a good cause.

Each year Nelly awards scholarships to Lindenwood University. He also says the ball gives him a chance to catch up with his St. Louis friends.

Nelly says he'd like to make it home to St. Louis more, but the traveling is a sign he's still working. Recently he won an American Music Award for his work on Florida Georgia Line's song "Cruise."