The hip-hop heavyweights kick off what's tipped to be the tour of the winter...

NELLY, the hip-hop star who topped the US album charts for five weeks with ‘COUNTY GRAMMAR’ earlier this summer, will kick off the JINGLE BALLERS JAM US tour with co-headliner LIL’ KIM in Rochester, NY tonight (November 15).

The tour will also feature Cash Money Millionaires (featuring Juvenile, Lil’ Wayne, Hot Boyz, B.G., and Big Tymers), Joe, Profyle, Lil’ Cease, and Junior M.A.F.I.A.

It will run all the way until a December 22 date at Arrowhead Pond, California.

The dates in full are as follows:

Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena (November 15)

Buffalo, NY, Marine Midland Arena (16)

Baltimore, Baltimore Arena (17)

Indianapolis, Conseco Fieldhouse (18)

Cleveland, CSU Convocation Center (19)

Hartford, Conn, Hartford Civic Center (22)

Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Arena (24)

Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum (25)

Hampton, Va, Hampton Coliseum (26)

Washington, DC, MCI Center (30)

Hempstead, NY, Nassau Coliseum (December 1)

Worcester, Mass, Centrum Centre) (2)

Philadelphia, First Union Centre (3)

Albany, NY, Pepsi Arena (6)

Pittsburgh, Mellon Arena (7)

Chicago, Allstate Arena (8)

Nashville, Gaylord Entertainment Centre (9)

Atlanta, Phillips Arena (10)

Houston, Compaq Center (12)

St. Louis, Mo, Savvis Center (14)

Dayton, Ohio, Nutter Center (15)

Detroit, Palace Of Auburn Hills (16)

Minneapolis, Target Centre (17)

Tacoma, Wash, Tacoma Dome (19)

San Jose, Calif, San Jose Arena (20)

Sacramento, Calif, ARCO Arena (21)

Anaheim, Calif, Arrowhead Pond (22)