Jennifer Hudson to Perform Tribute to Kobe Bryant During NBA All-Star Game

Carrie Guzman
February 14, 2020

Jennifer Hudson will perform a special tribute before Sunday's NBA All-Star game to Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and the seven others who were killed in a helicopter crash January 26.

Chaka Khan and Tenille Arts will sing the US and Canadian national anthems, respectively, and Queen Latifah and Chance's brother Taylor Bennett will also perform over All-Star weekend. Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, DJ Khaled, and Quavo are scheduled to co-headline the halftime show.

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.

Hudson isn't the only high-profile artist who'll be performing at the All-Star Game. More than 420 global media members from 53 countries and territories are traveling to Chicago to cover NBA All-Star 2020.

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Tributes to the National Basketball Association legend, Kobe Bryant, continue to arrive two weeks after his tragic death in a helicopter accident, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. The players will wear the jerseys during the NBA All-Star Game at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

Included in the 19 global athletes is four All-Stars who have been selected to start the game, with Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011) and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) set to be on the floor when the ball is tipped. Saturday will feature Queen Latifah performing Stevie Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today." with youth from Chicago.

However, the National Basketball Association also has events and activities planned for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as part of All-Star Weekend.

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