Chicago’s Chance the Rapper to perform at NBA All-Star Game at United Center
Chance the Rapper will get the opportunity to shine on one of basketball’s biggest stages when he performs in his hometown during halftime of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Chicago’s United Center.
The official Twitter account of the NBA’s midseason showcase shared the news of Chance the Rapper’s headliner status late Thursday night.
Chicago native @chancetherapper announces he is performing at the 2020 #NBAAllStar Game pic.twitter.com/UOoIIgMexf— 2020 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) December 20, 2019
Joining Chance the Rapper at the NBA’s All-Star festivities will be fellow Chicagoan Common, who will serve as the exhibition game’s emcee, duties hat including handling player introductions.
The NBA said in a statement, via the New York Post’s Page Six, that the rapper/actor will also help “welcome fans to Chicago with a moving narrative about what basketball means to the city prior to introducing players from both teams before tip-off of the NBA All-Star Game.”
Making the 2020 NBA All-Star Game a family affair for Chance the Rapper is how his brother, fellow rapper Taylor Bennett, will handle halftime performance duties at the NBA Rising Stars game, which will be held Friday, Feb. 14.
.@_TaylorBennett to perform at halftime of 2020 NBA Rising Stars! pic.twitter.com/kuFc8JzBgH— 2020 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) December 20, 2019
The NBA will also showcase the brothers as “NBA All-Star Ambassadors, partnering with the NBA, the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Sports Commission to develop community and fan-driven program.”