– Nelly Furtado to Sing Canadian National Anthem and NE-YO to Sing U.S. National Anthem Prior to NBA All-Star Game –

WALK THE MOON to Take the Stage During State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night

NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that Grammy® Award-winning artists NE-YO and Nelly Furtado will sing the U.S. and Canadian anthems, respectively, prior to the 65th NBA All-Star Game on Sun., Feb. 14, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.  All-Star Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

On Sat., Feb. 13, pop rock band WALK THE MOON will thrill fans with a live performance of their new single, “Work This Body,” and then go into triple-platinum “Shut Up and Dance” prior to the Verizon Slam Dunk contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.  State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will tip off at 8 p.m. ET on TNT from Air Canada Centre.

As previously announced, the halftime show will feature 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician Sting performing some of his most celebrated hits, joined by a band including Jerry Fuentes and Diego Navaira (guitar; The Last Bandoleros), Zach Jones (drums; The Last Bandoleros), Misty Boyce (keyboard; recently toured with Borns) and longtime Sting collaborator Rhani Krija (percussionist).  Acclaimed performance group Cirque du Soleil will tip off the evening with a captivating performance blending acrobatics, dance and technology to illustrate the story of a basketball dream, culminating in the 2016 NBA All-Star player introductions. 

With HARMAN serving as the Official Sound of the NBA, its featured brand, JBL, will serve as presenter of this year’s NBA All-Star Entertainment Series, bringing the excitement of musical performances to State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, in addition to pregame introductions and the halftime show at Sunday’s All-Star Game.



Amanda Thorn George, NBA, (212) 407-8477, athorn@nba.com

Barry Parasram, NBA, (212) 407-8781, bparasram@nba.com


About NBA All-Star 2016

NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game.  The 65th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre, will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages.  TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of All-Star coverage.  The Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13.  Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Mountain Dew and the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire.



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