Music’s MVPs are hitting the court for the 2012 All-Star Game. The NBA has assembled a dream team of artists to provide the entertainment at this year’s festivities in Orlando, Fla.
Will.i.am, Flo Rida, and “The Voice” winner Javier Colon will kick off the weekend with a performance at NBA All-Star Saturday Night on February 25.
On Sunday, J. Cole and Gym Class Heroes will warm up the court by performing at the Sprint Pregame Concert, airing live at 5 p.m. EST on NBA TV.
“Dreams do come true,” said the Roc Nation rapper. “I got my call from the league. It’s my time. The first player to ever go straight to the All-Star Game.”
Fresh off her Grammy performance, Nicki Minaj will deliver a medley including her hit “Super Bass” and new single “Starships,” as the players are announced at Orlando’s Amway Center.
Mary J. Blige will sing the U.S. national anthem, while Pitbull, Ne-Yo, and Nayer will follow last year’s headliner Rihanna and perform during the halftime show. Other “special guest performers” are expected as well.
On February 24, Common and Ne-Yo will play in the All-Star celebrity game, with coaches Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant.