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Jennifer Hudson Will Perform Special Tribute in Honor of Kobe Bryant at NBA All-Star Game

Joe Akins
Feb 17, 2020
05:30 P.M.
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The NBA All-Star Game comes up this Sunday and will see Grammy Award Winning singer, Jennifer Hudson perform a special tribute to late NBA star, Kobe Bryant. 


Kobe Bryant, 41, his daughter, Gianna "Gigi" Bryant, and seven others died in a helicopter crash last month. Since then, a high number of tributes have been paid to the iconic NBA star. 

The NBA will recognize Kobe, Gigi, and all the other passengers who lost their lives in the unfortunate helicopter crash at the All-Stars game on Sunday. 

Jennifer Hudson attends the "Cats" World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 16, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


Part of the tribute on Sunday would see members of LeBron James' team wear jerseys with the number 2, while Giannis Antetokounmpo's team would all wear the no.24 on their jerseys, in honor of Gigi and Kobe, respectively. 

Before the game starts, there would be a performance by Jennifer Hudson, as announced by the NBA in a tweet, where they wrote:

"Grammy® Award-winning recording artist and Academy Award-winning actress and Chicago native @IAMJHUD will perform a special tribute to the late Kobe Bryant ."

Kobe Bryant poses with his family after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on Dec. 18, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images


Jennifer Hudson wouldn't be the only artist performing at the All-Star Game, as others such as Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, and Quavo would perform at halftime.

The United States National Anthem would be sung by Chaka Khan, while Country musician, Tenille Arts, would sing the Canadian Anthem.

This new format would see the clock turned off at the beginning of the fourth quarter, after which a target score is determined.


It will be recalled that Jennifer Hudson had shared her grief after Kobe Bryant's death, via a post on Instagram. Hudson posted a photo of Kobe wearing his Lakers Jersey and looking up to the heavens. In her caption, she mourned the demise of the icon; She wrote:

"It's like every time I go to sleep and then wake up somebody else is gone! This news hurts my heart so bad! #kobebryant."


After Kobe's death, the NBA has taken several measures to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant, and there would be an introduction of a new fourth-quarter format for the All-Stars Game.

This new format would see the clock turned off at the beginning of the fourth quarter, after which a target score is determined by taking the leading team's total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points.


The 24 points represent Kobe Bryant's jersey number while he was at Lakers. The participating teams then go on to play an untimed fourth quarter, with the first team to reach the Final Target score winning the game. 

There would also be prize money of $100,000 given to the chosen charity of the team with the most points in each quarter, while the winner of the All-Star Game would bag $200,000.