The National Basketball Association today announced a star-studded musical line-up for its upcoming NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans next week, with Pharrell Williams headlining.
Williams, who made a splash with his performance during last month’s Grammys where he took home four awards, will lead the game’s “Entertainment Series Presented by Sean John at Macy’s,” part of the NBA All-Star Game festivities.
The All-Star Game is coming to the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16 and Williams will get things started that night with a performance during player introductions. He’ll be followed by Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., who will perform the U.S. National Anthem, and Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, who will perform the Canadian National Anthem.
The halftime performance will have a New Orleans theme, with Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue joined by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John, multiplatinum singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe, Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and the classic rock band Earth, Wind & Fire.
In addition, during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest held the night prior, Feb. 15, the Grammy-nominated artist Kendrick Lamar will perform a medley of his hits.
The 63rd NBA All-Star Game, pitched as a global celebration of basketball, will be aired on Feb. 16 beginning at 7 p.m. on TNT. For more information, go to www.nba.com/allstar.