Kanye West continues to rack up big points and this time he’s doing it on the hardwood floors of the famed Staples Center arena in Los Angeles, but the megastar producer and rapper isn’t exactly lacing them up for the home team.
Mr. West and Barbadian songstress Rihanna have been booked to perform at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game halftime show joining singers Josh Groban and Melanie Fiona who are set to perform the United States and Canadian national anthems respectively. R&B singer Keri Hilson and pop sensation Bruno Mars are on hand as part of the pre-game festivities as well.
Last year, Colombian sex symbol Shakira, limber crooner Usher and Alicia Keys headlined the NBA All-Star halftime show at Cowboys Stadium – the same venue that hosted this year’s NFL Super Bowl championship. At the 2009 All-Star game in Phoenix, the halftime entertainment was handled by singer John Legend and Latin star Juanes. The pair performed a dual, multi-lingual set which was fitting at the time given the political climate in Arizona regarding immigration law. President Barack Obama also appeared in a taped message during the break to offer a message regarding service in the community. Chris Brown was slated to perform at the 2009 pre-game show but was currently battling allegations of domestic violence against then girlfriend Rihanna.
Past performers of the All-Star show include a bevy of music’s biggest names such as Beyonce, who performed in 2004. Country singer and actress LeAnn Rimes dazzled crowds in 2005 while Christina Aguilera delivered a much discussed set in 2007.
Collaborating in the past in various capacities such as Jay-Z’s “Run This Town,” Yeezy and Rihanna worked together most recently on West’s My Beautiful Dark Fantasy album on the track “All Of The Lights.”