Britney Spears To Perform At NBA All-Star Literacy Event

'The NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration' to be broadcast live on several TV stations February 9.

Forget Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, a sure bet to impress audiences at

next month's NBA All-Star weekend is Britney Spears.

The pop star will be shooting out lyrics — not basketballs — when she

performs during a television special organized by the National Basketball

Association to promote literacy, according to Spears' spokesperson.

Spears and other artists to be announced will perform at the

Pennsylvania Convention Center on February 9 for the "The NBA All-Star Read

to Achieve Celebration."

NBC, TNT, Nickelodeon, BET, NBA.comTV and Canada's MuchMusic will broadcast

the special live simultaneously at 11 a.m. ET. (MTV's parent company, Viacom, also owns Nickelodeon and BET.)

"NBA Inside Stuff" co-hosts Ahmad Rashad and Summer Sanders will co-host the


The NBA and the NBA Players Association launched the Read to Achieve

campaign last May. LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes, who are among

the players and celebrities on the NBA All-Star Reading Team, have supported

the organization and their reading events.

The NBA's annual All-Star weekend includes the popular slam-dunk and three-point

contests and culminates with the All-Star game on February 10.

Spears' debut movie, "Crossroads," opens February 15 (see "Britney's Heart

Into 'Crossroads,' Outtakes From Flick Appear On Britney").