The NBA All-Star Game is shaping up to be another star-studded event as Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige and will.i.am have all been billed to perform during the show. Some of music’s biggest names will all head down south to Orlando for the All-Star festivities all leading up to the big game, which is set to air on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. EST on TNT.
Mary J. Blige will kick the game off by singing the U.S. National Anthem, alongside pop group Neverest who will deliver Canada’s National Anthem. Fresh off her performances at the Super Bowl and the Grammys, Minaj will take the All-Star Game stage to showcase an assortment of her songs, including her latest single “Starships,” during the game’s introductions. Meanwhile, Pitbull and Ne-Yo will hold down the half-time show with a performance of their single “Give Me Everything.” Details behind their set have yet to be released but the All-Star Game has a reputation for getting the public talking when it comes to the half-time show. Last year Rihanna lit up the stage bringing out both Kanye West and Drake for surprise appearances.
Elsewhere during All-Star week, will.i.am and Flo Rida have been tapped to perform at the NBA All-Star Saturday Night, on Feb. 26. The night’s festivities include the NBA Slam Dunk and Three-Point Contest. Flo Rida will perform his hit “Good Feeling,” and will.i.am and his fellow Black Eyed Peas will sing “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever).”
Hip-Hop will also have a big presence during other All-Star events. Common has signed on to play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and Roc Nation’s current star player, J. Cole, will perform “Workout” and “Can’t Get Enough” during the NBA All-Star Pre-game Show which begins Sunday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m.
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