NEAR WEST SIDE — Homegrown talents Jennifer Hudson, Chance the Rapper and Common are among some of the Chicago talent set to light up the 69th Annual NBA All-Star game this weekend at the United Center.
Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson will perform a special tribute to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven friends who died in a tragic helicopter accident last month. Hudson’s performance will kick off Sunday night’s All-Star Game at 8 p.m., and will air live on TNT network.
On Sunday, Common, a Golden Globe, Emmy, Oscar and three-time Grammy winner, will lead player introductions and talk about the importance of basketball in Chicago. Chance the Rapper will be joined by Lil Wayne, DJ Kahled, and Quavo during the halftime show.
On Saturday at 8 p.m., Queen Latifah will be joined by Chicago youth for a performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today.”
Ahead of the NBA Rising Stars at 9 p.m. Friday, the Chicago Children’s Choir will sing the national anthem and Taylor Bennett, Chance the Rapper’s brother, will perform during the halftime show.
Other performers include Chaka Khan and Tenille Arts during the weekend.
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