Jennifer Hudson to honor Kobe Bryant with All-Star Game performance

Ross Houston
February 14, 2020

Additional details weren't made available, and the nature of Hudson's tribute is seemingly being kept under wraps.

A truly global event, NBA All-Star 2020 will bring together players, coaches, media and fans from across the world, highlighting the vast and continued growth of the game worldwide. The biggest names will perform throughout Sunday evening, as Chance will be joined at halftime by Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, and Quavo.

Before the game, Chaka Khan (who recently appeared on The Masked Singer) will offer a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner", and Tenille Arts will sing the Canadian national anthem.

However, the National Basketball Association also has events and activities planned for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as part of All-Star Weekend. Chicago natives Common and Chance the Rapper will, respectively, perform before the game and at halftime of Sunday's All-Star Game (along with captaining the Celebrity Game teams), while Taylor Bennett, Chance's brother, will do the halftime show of Friday's Rising Stars game.

On Saturday, Queen Latifah and a group of Chicago children will perform Stevie Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today". As previously announced, Taylor Bennett will perform at halftime.

In total, the February 14-16 All-Star Weekend, which includes a rising stars event, skills challenge, three-point competition and slam dunk contest, will feature a record 19 worldwide players from 15 countries.

Kobe Bryant passed away on January 26th, as a result of a helicopter crash.

"Presenting the fourth quarter completely free of any commercial breaks creates a unique opportunity to showcase the new All-Star Game format, provide the best fan experience, and align with the league's overarching plans to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant this weekend", said Craig Barry, evp and chief content officer, Turner Sports, in a statement.

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