Best NBA All-Star Weekend Music Performances
With the NBA All-Star Weekend just around the corner, here are our picks for the best NBA All-Star Weekend music performances. Did we miss any of your favorites? Please comment below.
Pharrell Williams and Friends
Pharrell brought his charming presence, friends, and a bunch of hit beats to the 2014 all-star game in New Orleans. Pharrell and friends performed a medley of hits, including ‘Hot in Here’ by Nelly and performances by Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg. It was indeed all hits at the All-Star Game.
Chance & Lil Wayne
Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne tore down the house with their performance of ‘No Problem’ during the 2020 All-Star Weekend. Both rappers enthusiastically trade bars over a soul-inflected beat from his album Coloring Book. Catch Lil Wayne live in Salt Lake City on May 6th.
Rihanna (featuring Drake and Kanye West)
This year’s Superbowl won’t be Rihanna’s first foray into halftime performances. In 2011, she performed many hits for the Los Angeles all-star game halftime show. At different points, she brings out a baby-faced Drake and Kanye West. Still, Rihanna was the star of the show.
Mariah Carey started the show with a Bull’s Michael Jordan jersey and ended her performance with a Wizard’s “23” jersey after a quick costume change. Carey’s effortless performance at the 2003 Halftime Show clears up any misgivings about her as one of the best singers in history.
In 1983, the legendary soul singer had already hit his commercial and creative peak. But the singer would find new life and give new life to the national anthem before the All-Star Game. Dressed to the nines with dark shades, Gaye glides over a drum machine with his iconic falsetto.
The NBA All-Star game is today. February 13, 1983— Marvin Gaye sang the National Anthem for the 33rd NBA All-Star Game at The Forum in Inglewood. Lionel Richie was the first choice to sing the anthem at the All-Star Game, but Marvin’s swagger prevailed. pic.twitter.com/y5JKx3uQzT
— Lance Cooper (@lmauricecpr) March 7, 2021
The halftime entertainment for this year’s game hasn’t been announced, but Travis Scott is in charge of entertainment for All-Star weekend. And speaking of the NBA, here are our favorite Utah Jazz references in hip-hop.
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