Post Malone, Jewel (both with Utah ties) to perform at NBA All-Star Game
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah native and Grammy nominee Jewel, along with Post Malone and actors Vin Diesel and Ben Affleck, will be among the performers at this weekend’s NBA All-Star events in Salt Lake City.
Jewel will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the All-Star Game on Sunday, Diesel will be welcoming fans and Post Malone — who now lives in Utah — will perform a medley after LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo draft their teams for the game.
The halftime show will feature three Nigerian artists - Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer Burna Boy, Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated singer Tems and rapper Rema - doing an Afrobeats-themed performance.
Once the halftime show ends, the NBA will host a celebration commemorating James passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar earlier this month to become the league’s career scoring leader.
Jully Black will sing the Canadian national anthem before the game.
Affleck, who stars in the upcoming film “Air” - the story about how Sonny Vaccaro signed Michael Jordan to a Nike deal - will introduce the teams before the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night.
Utah-based group The Bonner Family will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Rising Stars game on Friday, then again on Saturday - along with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” sometimes referred to as the Black national anthem - at the NBA HBCU Classic college basketball game between Southern and Grambling State.