Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams will perform during the opening ceremony of the NBA All-Star Game, according to the Associated Press citing an NBA announcement on Thursday.
The 40-year-old Williams, who has made a name for himself as a record producer and fashion designer, will also do player introductions with surprise guests for the Feb. 16 event at the newly-named Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Williams will perform at the Oscars weeks later on March 2 ahead of his album release later in 2014.
According to the report on Thursday, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Earth, Wind and Fire; Janelle Monae; and Dr. John will perform as part of the halftime show. Gary Clark Jr., who won a Grammy in January for Best Traditional R&B performance, will sing the national anthem and also be a part of the halftime show. Hip-hop newcomer Kendrick Lamar, who received seven Grammy nominations this year, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year, will perform before the dunk contest a day before the All-Star game. GOLLIVER: Report: Blazers’ Damian Lillard to compete in Slam Dunk Contest