Jennifer Hudson has been tapped to open the 69th annual NBA All-Star game on Sunday at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Chaka Khan will perform the USA national anthem, while Tenille Arts will sing the Canadian national anthem.
"Presenting the fourth quarter completely free of any commercial breaks creates a unique opportunity to showcase the new All-Star Game format, provide the best fan experience, and align with the league's overarching plans to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant this weekend", said Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer, Turner Sports., part of the AT&T entertainment unit, in a prepared statement.
Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Quavo will join the previously announced Chicago artist Chance the Rapper to perform during Sunday's halftime show.
In addition to the All Star jerseys, the NBA has also revealed that the leagues rookie and sophomores competing in the NBA Rising Stars game, will all wear jersey patches featuring the Nos.
However, that is just one of the ways Kobe will be honored in the All-Star Game.
An episode of Inside the National Basketball Association will be filmed live in Chicago tonight; the show will feature Charles Barkley and Shaq, among others.
The NBA All-Star Game airs on Sunday, February 16 At 8 pm. Additional Chicago natives Common and Chance's brother and rapper Taylor Bennett will also appear over the weekend.
Bryant, 41, was killed in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter on January 26 in Calabasas, California.
Included in the 19 global athletes is four All-Stars who have been selected to start the game, with Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011) and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) set to be on the floor when the ball is tipped.