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


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.