The National Basketball Association (NBA) (https://www.NBA.com/) announced today 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 January 26. Additional details weren't made available, and the nature of Hudson's tribute is seemingly being kept under wraps. Chaka Khan will perform the US national anthem, while Tenille Arts will sing the Canadian national anthem.
In addition to Jennifer's performance, the NBA also announced that Chaka Khan will perform the national anthem in the game, while Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Quavo will perform during the halftime show.More news: Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones out indefinitely with ankle injury
The NBA has already announced some of the entertainment that fans will get to see at All-Star Weekend in Chicago.
TNT's All-Star Game coverage will include a Los Angeles Lakers-themed tribute to Bryant within the virtual shot clock, which will display a combination of gold and purple accents at 24 seconds and eight seconds remaining on the clock during the fourth quarter, in honor of Bryant's 8 and 24 jersey numbers. Additionally, the Rising Stars Challenge, a game for first- and second-year National Basketball Association players, will take place on the same evening (Taylor Bennett, Chance the Rapper's brother, will handle halftime-performance duties, in what will be a very busy night). Saturday will feature Queen Latifah performing Stevie Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today." with youth from Chicago. Mourners immediately started gathering outside of Staples Center after Bryant passed away in a tragic helicopter crash that also killed Gianna.More news: Pamela Anderson Feels ‘Betrayed’ In Cryptic New IG Post
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