Meek will reportedly open the all-star night, most likely performing renditions from his 2018 album Championships. N.C. native, J. Cole will close out the evening during the game’s halftime. Additionally, Charlotte-bred singer Anthony Hamilton has been hired to perform the nation anthem.
Lebron James will reportedly serve as the captain for the West team; Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead the East. The western players will consist of: James Harden, Steph Curry, Paul George, and Kevin Durant. The East will be: Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Joel Embiid, and Kawhi Leonard.
The new announcement comes shortly after J. Cole released his latest single, “Middle Child.” The single discusses his placement in the rap industry as a student of the genre to artists like Jay-Z and a veteran or mentor to artists like Kodak Black.
The 68th annual NBA All-Star Game will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
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— NBA (@NBA) January 30, 2019
2019 GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist and North Carolina native @JColeNC will take the court in his home state to headline the 2019 #NBAAllStar Game halftime show (Sunday 2/17 @NBAonTNT)! pic.twitter.com/jU0P5fpzX5
— #NBAAllStar (@NBAAllStar) January 30, 2019