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Everybody get Happy: Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar headline All-Star weekend performers

Feb 6, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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New Orleans will be up all night to get lucky All-Star weekend. (Actually, I think that city does that every weekend…)

Pharrell Williams headlines the NBA All-Star Game performers this year — he will perform during the player introductions of the All-Star Game Sunday, Feb. 16 in New Orleans, the league has announced. Just a guess, but as his song “Happy” is getting all the airplay right now I’d bet that’s what we hear.

I am actually excited for the New Orleans-flavored All-Star halftime show collaboration —Earth, Wind & Fire, Janelle Monae, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., and New Orleans native and legend Trombone Shorty with his band Orleans Avenue. I despise the forced Grammys show collaborations (although the Imagine Dragons/Kendrick Lamar one this year really worked) but this one for the All-Star Game halftime show could be special.

Speaking of Lamar, he will be the headliner on All-Star Saturday night, performing right before the Slam Dunk Contest. I wonder how Phil Jackson and Iman Shumpert feel about this.

Clark Jr. and Serena Ryder will perform the U.S. national anthem and Canadian national anthem, respectively, at the All-Star Game.

All-Star weekend runs Feb. 14-16 in New Orleans. Check back often that weekend as PBT will be posting a lot of content from the Big Easy, not just pictures of us drinking hurricanes and hanging with Pharrell Williams.

  1. nickbroadstbullies - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Gotta love the hypocrisy. If baseball or hockey had all white musical acts, they would be labeled as being racist for their lack of diversity. But the NBA schedules musical acts with zero diversity, and not one peep about racism

    • antistratfordian - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      No. And Pharrell is basically a white guy. So, relax.

      • nickbroadstbullies - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        explain how, in your opinion, an African American such as Pharrell Williams is “basically a white guy”?

      • antistratfordian - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Well he’s half Filipino, but no matter. You know, if you were blind you might think he was white.

        But skin color doesn’t matter, correct? So why do you care what color his skin is if he’s doing stuff any white dude would do? Isn’t that good enough for ya? Or do you need to see some white skin to feel comfortable?

      • calkinsrob - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        ugh I hate this. How can you call an African American ‘basically a white guy’. Why does your race have to dictate how you act/live your life.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Easy, this is how: “He’s basically a white guy.”

        His race doesn’t dictate anything. This other guy was complaining about not seeing any white people and I was trying to assure him that they are already well represented.

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      I think its moreso catering to the fanbase that will be there. Basketball doesn’t have the wide range of audience to hit like football does. Literally everybody at my job watches football, basketball there is just a few people here or there. Basketball has created a hip hop culture because thats what the stars of the league tend to represent. Gotta cater to the fanbase. I’ve been to an all star weekend, not much rock type events going on. Its a very hip hop oriented weekend from the celebrities to the parties.

    • davidly - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      What do you call what you’re doing if not peeping? Tellingly, you have to come up with an “if baseball or hockey” hypothetical to make your case. Your argument does nothing more than peep.

    • reesesteel23 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      man STFU……Baseball players and hockey players can do wtf they want and when they want….on the field/rink or off the field/rink.

      Example: Hockey players can drop pads and beat the living crap out of each other(in front of kids I might add) and its cheered on and they go sit in timeout for a little bit.

      Basketball, if you look at the ref wrong you could get a tech and on thin ice the rest of the game. Don’t even try it.

    • calkinsrob - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      I doubt baseball or hockey would be labeled racist. Nothing wrong with picking musicians that the majority of your fans would like. Way to make this about race. this actually makes me want to watch allstar weekend when I usually dont. I love both Pharrell and Kendrick.

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      I think it’s sad that this is the first thought that came out of this article. It’s crazy to me that we still can’t look beyond the color of our skin…we’re in 2014, guys. We’re all friggin’ people. Let’s leave it at that.

    • genericcommenter - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Dr. John is a legendary white guy.

    • gq71 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      1st off do people still watch baseball? The NBA is HIP,EDGEY,and BLACK. If you don’t like the entertainment(which is an absolutely idiotic complaint),don’t watch! All of these guys are class acts. They will all do well.

  2. reesesteel23 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM


    Gotta love the hypocrisy. ^^ This guy is the type that absolutely HATES when people make everything about race….YET he makes a big deal about who’s performing at the all-star weekend??

  3. chiadam - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Thus ending the NBA’s streak of booking acts that peaked 15 years ago. They’re finally joining the now. That or Hall and Oates were busy.

  4. haaaaasoooooo - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    How many gold coins did Pharrell pay for the Sorting Hat? GRIFFINDOR!!!

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM


  6. jadaruler - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Pharrell is a great choice. Doubt there’s an all-star who has a music collection that’s devoid of Pharrell.

    With Kendrick Lamar in the building, will the Raptors ambassador be there?

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