2018 NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Hart, Pharrell Williams Among Announced Entertainment

2018 NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Hart, Pharrell Williams Among Announced Entertainment

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Kevin Hart, Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will headline the talent and performances at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 18, the league announced. Hart will open the much-anticipated extravaganza at Staples Center, with N.E.R.D performing at halftime.

The 67th annual All-Star Game will tip off at 5 p.m. PT and be televised live on TNT. Fans in more than 200 countries will have the opportunity to tune into the league’s showcase. Alongside special guests, Hart will take the stage for opening introductions of the All-Star teams.

Eight-time Grammy Award winner Fergie will be on hand to perform the U.S. national anthem. Fergie is currently hosting “Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom.” The superstar released her second full-length visual album last September.

Additionally, the Canadian national anthem will be performed by Canadian rock band, Barenaked Ladies. The group is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer and recently released their 15th studio album, “Fake Nudes.”

It can be presumed Hart, who was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (“What Now?”), will use his comedic wit to make mention that he’s a four-time MVP and former NBA All-Star Celebrity Game head coach while introducing players.

Williams and N.E.R.D will perform a medley of their hits during halftime. The hip-hop-rock band released its fifth studio album last month, “No One Ever Really Dies.” There’s no doubt fans will see an entertaining performance of Williams’s 19th Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Lemon.”

The smash hit also features Rihanna, who is a noted NBA fan, and potentially could make a surprise appearance.

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