On Thursday, the league announced that Blige will sing the national anthem before the All-Star Game on Feb. 26 at Amway Center. At halftime, Pitbull will perform his latest hit, “Give Me Everything,” with help from singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and newcomer Nayer. Grammy nominee Nicki Minaj will sing a medley, including her new single, “Starships,” to accompany the player introductions.
That will cap a weekend that also features music from will.i.am and Flo Rida at NBA All-Star Saturday Night, a Feb. 25 celebration at Amway Center that includes the three-point shooting and slam-dunk contests. Each event is coordinated to music, with will.i.am’s “The Hardest Ever” timed to introduce the shooting and Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” tied to the dunking.
Additional entertainers include Canadian pop band Neverest singing the Canadian anthem before the All-Star Game and Javier Colon (NBC’s “The Voice”) doing “The Star Spangled Banner” at All-Star Saturday Night.