Cleveland native Machine Gun Kelly joins a superstar cast that includes Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Tiffany Haddish, DJ Khaled, and Lil Wayne.
A starting lineup of superstar narrators will take fans through the journey that led us to the Association’s 75th anniversary season:
- Eight-time Grammy Award winner Usher
- Five-time Academy Award and two-time Emmy Award winner Spike Lee
- Grammy and Emmy Award winner Tiffany Haddish
- Emmy Award nominee Anthony Anderson
The entertainers will recognize the players by highlighting those who have shined the brightest through the themes of competition, culture and inclusion.
Before the game begins, Cleveland native Machine Gun Kelly and hip-hop legend DJ D-Nice will introduce both All-Star teams. Canton, Ohio native and four-time Grammy award winner Macy Gray will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while pop singer Ryland James will sing the Canadian national anthem, “O Canada.”
Saturday’s State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night events, which include the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest, will showcase an additional slate of stars. Among those performing ahead of the Dunk Contest nightcap are:
- DJ Khaled
- Mary J. Blige (fresh off Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI halftime show)
- Lil Wayne
- Lil Baby
The Dunk Contest itself will feature Houston Rockets rookie guard Jalen Green, Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, Knicks forward Obi Toppin, and Magic guard Cole Anthony competing for top honors.
And for Saturday’s first-ever NBA HBCU Classic, award-winning actress and television personality Keke Palmer will sing the national anthem and the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The Howard University Bison marching band will accompany her.