Who were the Top NBA All-Star Game Musical Performers
The NBA All-Star Game is a celebration of basketball.
It isn’t just about the game, it’s the showcase, the performances, the box office theatrics that makes NBA All-Star Weekend an annual highlight of the sporting calendar. Speaking of performances, it was recently announced that John Legend will perform at this season’s NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, Louisiana.
As usual, this got us at BallnRoll thinking. There have been many musical performances at NBA All-Star venues, but which ones were the best of all time? Let’s take a look at five of the greatest musical appearances ever during the NBA All-Star game!
5) Kendrick Lamar, 2014 NBA All-Star Game
What would be a list if one of the top rappers in the game today was excluded? Kendrick Lamar electrified the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans during the 2014 All-Star Weekend.
4) Mariah Carey, 2003 NBA All-Star Game
The 2003 NBA All-Star game was a special night. Not only was it Michael Jordan’s final All-Star game, but it also saw a tribute performance by the number one selling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey!
The Phillips Arena in Atlanta was treated to an amazing basketball showcase with a just as great musical half-time show.
3) Rihanna, 2011 NBA All-Star Game
At the height of her popularity, Rihanna got to perform on the biggest stage of the NBA in the Staples Centre in Los Angeles during the 2011 NBA All-Star Game halftime show and it is safe to say – she killed it!
Oh, and Drake and Kanye West made special appearances!
2) Elton John, 2002 NBA All-Star Game
In 2002, Philadelphia received a special treat. Not only did they get the chance to host NBA All-Star Weekend, but they also got to see the musical legend, Elton John, live and in colour perform right in the middle of the First Union Center.
A special night, headlined by the game’s greatest and music’s greatest!
1) Beyonce, 2004 NBA All-Star Game
Last but certainly not least is Queen B who stole the show during the 2004 NBA All-Star halftime show under the bright lights of the Staples Centre.
A night dominated by Shaquille O’neal, Los Angeles had a night to remember and Beyonce was a big contributing factor.