The biggest stars in the NBA will once again feature alongside some of the most famous names in music. This time around, the musical stylings will span the scope of time and elements.
Inside Hoops peppers in some of the bigger names:
While Hardwood Paroxysm delivers what we can expect from the weekend's bigger events:
Halftime at All-Star Game is Janelle Monae with Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., and Earth Wind, and Fire. Kendrick Lamar before dunk contest.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 6, 2014
Billboard's Jason Lipshutz gives us a bit more on Pharrell's part in the show. According to the report, Williams is set to play during the normally raucous player introductions.
The interesting note is that the performer, as Lipshutz writes, "will be bringing out some special guests," which could be just about anybody, including, but not limited to, the star-studded cast available for the weekend.
As Lipshutz reminds, Williams is busy with a bevy of live performances, including news that he will perform his song "Happy" at the Academy Awards—a song that appears on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.
There is no rest for the weary or the prolific. Williams, who featured in recent hits by Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, gave the world a 24-hour music video of the same song that may just make an appearance during All-Star weekend.
We don't know to what extent or which song Williams will perform, but we do have some semblance of the schedule for the rest of the weekend.
Lipshutz writes, "Meanwhile, the NBA All-Star Game halftime show will consist of a New Orleans-influenced collaboration between Earth, Wind & Fire; Janelle Monae; Dr. John; Gary Clark Jr.; and city native Trombone Shorty with his band Orleans Avenue."
When it comes to a compilation of artists, the hope is that performances are seamless, which should be no issue for a band as experienced as Earth, Wind & Fire.
There is no question that the band can deliver an energetic and unforgettable live performance as anyone who has seen them can attest to. The only question is what song they choose to highlight from their voluminous catalog.
We now have confidence that the event on Feb. 16 will be a funky one.
As for Kendrick Lamar, the rapper is tasked with bringing energy to the moment before the weekend's other big event, namely the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest.
The event has been more show than substance in recent years, but the hope is that Lamar's performance doesn't precede a collection of lackluster dunks.
The All-Star festivities are just over a week away and already they are shaping up to be a promising endeavor. Games will devolve into a mess of alley-oops and little defense, while the remaining moments will be left to fun and frivolity.
If this list of names is any indication, All-Star weekend is certainly going to be a rousing success.
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