Top Music Performances at the NBA All-Star Game

NBA All-Star Game

The musical events at some of the biggest sports events tend to go over in history. They combine the excitement of a big sports event with the emotion and presence of great musical performances. Some of the truly memorable ones have taken place at the yearly NBA All-Star game.

The NBA All-Star game is one of the most exciting sports events of the year. For basketball fans, it’s a legendary yearly event where you can look forward not only to some amazing basketball but also a musical performance by one of the central musicians of the times. Its status makes it one of the most popular events to bet on. In general, nba betting uk is popular, but the NBA All-Star game stands out as one of the central events of the year, so it’s no wonder that it attracts many bettors. 

When looking back on the many legendary NBA All-Star games, the greatest musical performances mark some unique moments in basketball history as well as music history. 

Marvin Gaye (1983)

This list would be incomplete without Marvin Gaye’s 1983 performance of Star-Spangled Banner. America’s national anthem has seldom sounded so beautiful. Gaye excelled when he set the national anthem to a pulsing drum beat staying true to his own artistic vision. The bringing together of the classic anthem and a soulful sound was a strike of genius.

Pharrell Williams (2014)

There are few artists in music history that can be compared to Pharrell Williams. So, obviously, his performance at the NBA All-Star finals was also one for the history books. With him, he had brought an impressive selection of musicians and rappers including Snoop Dog, Nelly, Diddy, Busta Rhymes and Chad Hugo.

Mariah Carey (2003) 

Few singers in history come close to the vocal range of Mariah Carey. As one of the world’s most impressive singers, it’s no wonder that her 2003 performance at the NBA All-Star finals was incredible. At the center of her performance was a tribute to legend Michal Jordan who would be retiring shortly after. Listeners could enjoy an incredible version of the serenade Hero. 

Shania Twain (1996) 

As the NBA expanded into Canada, it was only natural the legendary Canadian singer Shania Twain was the star performer at the NBA All-Star show that year. She performed the Canadian national anthem O Canada. She had released her breakthrough album the year before and was the name on everybody’s lips. Her amazing version of O Canada only confirmed her skills as a singer and performer. 

Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West (2011)

The combination of Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West is one that’s difficult to beat. So, obviously, their 2011 performance at the NBA All-Star games was one to remember. Rihanna began the show with a medley version of Umbrella. Drake contributed with a version of What’s My Name, and Kanye West finished off the show with his megahit All of the Lights. Together, they made for a night to remember.


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