By Ryan Mayer
Last month, we brought you the news that Sting would be the half-time performer at this year’s NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. Today, we find out that the former Police front man won’t be the only performer that the league will trot out during the course of this weekend.
According to For The Win, the NBA will also have the band Walk the Moon, R&B artist Ne-Yo, and singer Nelly Furtado performing at various events throughout the course of the weekend. As for what each performer’s duties will be, For The Win has the full scoop.
“The band will perform their new song “Work This Body,” and then their more well-known song “Shut Up and Dance” prior to the Verizon Slam Dunk contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night during the NBA All-Star Weekend. They’ll be followed on Sunday by Ne-Yo singing the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game and Nelly Furtado singing the Canadian National Anthem. Sting and Cirque du Soleil will perform at the halftime show on Sunday.”
The 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off on Friday night at 7 pm ET with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. Comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Drake will be the head coaches for the game that airs on ESPN. That will be immediately followed by the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. The All-Star Game itself takes place on Sunday at 8:30 pm ET.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.