This year’s NBA All Star weekend will have a GRAMMYs feel to it

The NBA announced Thursday that 11-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell and his hip-hop-rock band N.E.R.D will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles next month.

Fergie will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to tip-off. Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies will perform the national anthem of their home country.

Hosting duties fall to none other than comedy superstar Kevin Hart, who is a four-time MVP and former coach of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

The NBA’s All Star festivities will get underway on Friday, February 16th with the All-Star Celebrity Game (ESPN) followed by the Rising Stars Challenge on TNT. As always, the following night will include the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. The weekend concludes with the actual All-Star Game on Sunday, February 18th. Coverage is scheduled to begin at 7pm ET – the game will get underway around 8pm.

The NBA All-Star starters will be announced tonight at 6pm ET on TNT, prior to the Thursday night double-header featuring Sixers at Celtics and Timberwolves at Rockets.

This year’s edition of the All-Star Game won’t be like those that came before it, as teams will be decided by captains from each conference picking rosters playground style. But when it comes to making sure it has big performers as part of the festivities, it’s cool that the NBA isn’t changing a thing.