NBA All-Star Weekend

Feb
17
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ashanti, & 2 Chainz Attend NBA All-Star Game

French Montana, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Diddy, Drake

From Ashanti to Snoop Dogg, there were plenty of star sightings on and off the court at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday. Drake, Diddy, Ludacris, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Busta Rhymes piled into the Smoothie King Center to watch the East claim victory over the West.

After participating in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest on Saturday, October’s Very Own showed his hometown pride by singing along to the Canadian National Anthem. Rocking black Timberlands and a leather jacket, he traded photos and jokes with About Last Night star Kevin Hart.

“@kevinhart4real has so much food under his seat it’s almost weird,” tweeted Drizzy.

Fresh off his performance at All-Star Saturday Night, Kendrick kicked back and watched Pharrell and Janelle Monáe entertain the crowd.

2 Chainz, sporting his own “2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.” adidas high-tops, enjoyed courtside shots with Drake, Kevin Hart, and Diddy.

The Bad Boy mogul brought his sons Quincy and Christian, while Ludacris and his girlfriend Eudoxie made it a date.

Check out the all-star lineup of talent below.

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Feb
16
Janelle Monáe and Friends Headline NBA All-Star Halftime Show

Janelle Monáe and Verdine White

The NBA paid homage to the Big Easy with a funky halftime performance from some hometown superstars at Sunday’s All-Star Game. New Orleans native Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue kicked things off followed by blues icon Dr. John.

Gary Clark Jr., who performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on guitar earlier in the evening, shined with “Bright Lights” before introducing Janelle Monáe.

The Electric Lady served up the title track off her latest album and joined the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire for the rousing finale of their ’70s classic “Shining Star.”

Check out their soulful salute to Nola below.

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Feb
16
Pharrell Performs with Nelly, Diddy, Busta Rhymes, & Snoop Dogg at NBA All-Star Game

Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Pharrell, Nelly, and Busta Rhymes

Before the NBA’s greatest players hit the court, Pharrell tipped off Sunday’s All-Star Game with a 20-minute medley of his greatest hits featuring some special guests. The Grammy-winning producer provided the soundtrack to the player introductions beginning with his 2003 single “Frontin’.”

Nelly emerged to perform his Neptunes-produced hit “Hot in Herre” before Skateboard P continued with “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).”

Diddy and Busta Rhymes helped turn up New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center with “Pass the Courvoisier, Part II.” But instead of the usual lyrics, they switched things up for 2014, chanting “Pass the Ciroc this way.”

Pharrell (sans Robin Thicke) made his way through the crowd for “Blurred Lines,” and his fellow N.E.R.D. bandmate Chad Hugo joined him on keyboard for “Rock Star.”

“Let’s take it back to the essence, Chad,” said P.

Snoop Dogg hit the stage with “Beautiful,” and the Western Conference players entered to “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”

For the closing number, Pharrell donned his famous hat in red while performing “Get Lucky” and his top 10 hit “Happy” as Diddy, Busta, Nelly, and Snoop danced onstage.

“No words for how grateful I am these legends joined me 2nite,” tweeted Pharrell.

Watch Pharrell and friends kick things off with their hit parade.

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Feb
16
Rick Ross, Miguel, & Keyshia Cole Join LeBron James at GQ All-Star Party

Rick Ross and LeBron James

LeBron James and GQ took over New Orleans while hosting one of the biggest parties of NBA All-Star Weekend. On the eve of the All-Star Game, the magazine celebrated All-Star style and unveiled its March cover starring the Miami Heat player at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

The Legendary Roots Crew performed a live jam session with special guests Miguel, Bun B, and Nola’s own Juvenile, while Rick Ross shared the stage with King James as he performed “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt.”

Music’s MVPs including Keyshia Cole and Janelle Monáe mingled with all-star athletes Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and Skylar Diggins.

Check out more pics from the stylish soirée below.

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Feb
15
Kendrick Lamar Performs at NBA All-Star Saturday Night

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar brought Compton to New Orleans while performing at NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Prior to the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the Grammy-nominated rapper served up a slam dunk performance during the entertainment series at Smoothie King Center.

Wearing a black hoodie and Air Yeezy II Red Octobers, Kendrick took the court to perform a medley of “m.A.A.d city” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” as Drake, Ludacris, Diddy, and 2 Chainz looked on.

During Sunday’s All-Star Game, Pharrell will perform with special guests Diddy, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes during player introductions, while Janelle Monáe and Earth, Wind, & Fire rock the halftime show.

Watch K-Dot kill it on the court.

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Feb
6
Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, & Janelle Monáe to Play NBA All-Star Weekend

Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell

There will be some big names on the court and on stage during NBA All-Star Weekend. The NBA has drafted a superstar lineup of performers for this year’s festivities in New Orleans.

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Feb
18
NBA All-Star Game 2013: Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Drake, J. Cole, Nas, & 2 Chainz

Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and LeBron James

NBA All-Star Weekend came to a close with the 2013 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. Famous faces filled out the front row at the Toyota Center in Houston. Beyoncé and Jay-Z coupled up courtside, earning plenty of camera time as they watched the East take on the West.

The Carters weren’t the only couple on the court. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz brought their son Egypt to the game, Ludacris grabbed a seat next to his girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan, and Monica shared the moment with her husband Shannon Brown.

After hitting the stage during the halftime show, Alicia caught up with her pal Bey. Drake sang along to the Canadian National Anthem and chilled with J. Cole and 2 Chainz, who showed off his skills on the court. John Legend, Ne-Yo, and Alicia all performed and posed together backstage, while Nas chopped it up with Shaq.

Check out more courtside sightings including Diddy and his son, Drake with the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and Trinidad James with Monica.

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