*Kevin Hart will be the voice you hear introducing players for the 67th annual NBA All-Star Game, which takes place Feb. 18 at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
Hart, on the verge of his worldwide Irresponsible comedy tour, will be joined alongside yet-to-be-announced special guests, according to the NBA.
Immediately following the introductions, Fergie, host of “Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom,” will sing the U.S. national anthem. (The Barenaked Ladies — which released its 15th album, “Fake Nudes,” in the fall — will follow with the Canadian national anthem.)
At halftime, Pharrell Williams and his group N.E.R.D. will take over for a medley of their hits. The group released its fifth studio album, “No One Ever Really Dies,” last month.
This year’s NBA All-Star Game will look a bit different, with the league ditching its traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference setup for a draft-style format.
The NBA’s new system will allow top vote-getters from each conference (currently LeBron James and Steph Curry) to choose their teams from a pool of starters and backups. The All-Star draft will not be televised, which will prevent fans from knowing the selection order of the players.
The game will mark the record sixth NBA All-Star Game taking place in Los Angeles, following those in 2011, 2004, 1983, 1972 and 1963.
It’s set to air live Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and in more than 200 territories around the world.