Jennifer Hudson is set to perform a tribute to Kobe Bryant during Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, the NBA announced Thursday. Additional details weren't made available, and the nature of Hudson's tribute is seemingly being kept under wraps. Rappers Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Quavo from the Migos will perform during the halftime show. Windy City legend Chaka Khan will sing the National Anthem prior to Sunday's tip-off.
WarnerMedia said the ad-free fourth quarter will not affect overall ad loads during the game and isn't expected to dent its All-Star Game ad revenue.
The NBA has chosen to honor Kobe Bryant, GiGi Bryant, and the seven others who passed away in the helicopter crash by placing memorial patches on each of the All Star Game jerseys.
The final moments of this year's NBA All-Star Game will likely have drama and multiple drives to the basket.
An episode of Inside the National Basketball Association will be filmed live in Chicago tonight; the show will feature Charles Barkley and Shaq, among others.
The 69th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday at the United Center, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. Additional Chicago natives Common and Chance's brother and rapper Taylor Bennett will also appear over the weekend. The famed skills challenge, three-point contest, and slam-dunk contest will follow, with the action expected to begin at eight in the east and five in the west.
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.