Gladys Knight and Alessia Cara will likely be among the many artists set to carry out for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta. The All-Star festivities can even embrace performances by HBCU musical teams, together with marching bands, step groups, glee golf equipment and choirs.
Knight — an Atlanta native, seven-time Grammy winner and graduate of one of many nation’s oldest HBCUs, Shaw University — will sing the U.S. nationwide anthem dwell from State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (Knight, who’s 76 years old, lately acquired the COVID-19 vaccine.) She will likely be adopted by Cara, who will sing the Canadian nationwide anthem remotely from Toronto.
Performances will start airing at 8 p.m. on March 7, prior to tipoff on TNT.
The NBA pays tribute all through the night time to the legacy of HBCUs. The Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society Choir will ship a digital efficiency of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” from an iconic location on the college’s campus. The efficiency pays tribute to Clark Atlanta alum James Weldon Johnson, songwriter of the Black nationwide anthem.
The Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band and Florida A&M University Marching 100 will carry out remotely from their respective campuses in the course of the NBA All-Star participant introduction. During the sport, step groups from Spelman College and Morehouse College will likely be launched by members of the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities, a prestigious group of 9 traditionally Black Greek letter organizations.
This yr, for the primary time, the NBA’s expertise competitions — together with the abilities problem and the three-point contest — will happen on the identical night time because the All-Star Game. The slam-dunk contest is scheduled to happen throughout halftime.