THE NATIONAL Basketball Association (NBA) have announced that Grammy-Award-winning recording artist and Academy Award-winning actress and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson will perform a special tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and their seven friends that tragically passed away on Jan. 26.
Hudson’s performance will open the night ahead of player introductions for the 69th NBA All-Star Game on February 16 at the United Center.
The league also unveiled an All-Star line-up of performers that will join Hudson which will include Chance The Rapper, Common, and Chance’s brother and fellow rap artist Taylor Bennett, throughout the weekend.
Before All-Star team introductions, Common will welcome fans to Chicago with a moving narrative about what basketball means to the city.
Prior to tip-off, soul legend Chaka Khan will sing the U.S. national anthem and country music singer-songwriter Tenille Arts will sing the Canadian national anthem.