Alicia Keys to headline 2013 NBA All-Star halftime show

NEW YORK – Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys will headline the 62nd NBA All-Star Game as the sole performer of the halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 17. Keys will perform a selection of her chart-topping hits as part of the All-Star Game “Entertainment Series presented by Sean John at Macy’s.” The game will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, ESPN Radio, and in 215 countries and territories and in 47 languages.

Prior to the start of the All-Star Game, global superstar NE-YO will welcome the players to the court with an exciting performance of some of his greatest hits as part of “Entertainment Series presented by Sean John at Macy’s,” followed by nine-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend, who will sing the U.S. National Anthem. Actress/singer Gloria Reuben, who currently stars in the multi-Academy Award-nominated film “Lincoln,” will perform the Canadian National Anthem.

On Saturday, Feb.16, Nick Cannon will host State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, airing live at 7 p.m. on TNT, featuring performances by British pop sensation Ellie Goulding, American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, and recently reunited pop punk band Fall Out Boy. Goulding will tip off the evening by singing her No. 1 hit single, “Lights,” followed by Phillip Phillips, who will perform his hit “Home” between the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. Fall Out Boy will rock the house with their brand new No. 1 hit single “My Songs Know What You Did In The Day (Light Em Up),” prior to the start of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. In addition, RaVaughn will perform the U.S. National Anthem and Michelle Peavy will sing the Canadian National Anthem.

About the Artists

Alicia Keys (RCA Records) – Alicia Keys is a 14-time Grammy® Award winning singer/songwriter/producer, actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian. Since releasing her debut album, Songs in A Minor, Keys has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. Keys’ debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy® Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Fallin.” Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. The album garnered an additional four Grammy® Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, which debuted at number one in the United States. Keys’ third studio album, As I Am, was released in the same year and sold five million copies worldwide, earning Keys an additional three Grammy®  Awards. She released her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009, which became Keys’ first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom. That same year, Billboard magazine named Keys the top R&B artist of the decade. In 2010, VH1 included Keys on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Keys holds the distinction as the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 album debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Keys’ fifth studio album, Girl on Fire, debuted at number #1 on November 27th to widespread acclaim from the music world and features the new hit urban single, “Brand New Me.” The title track is a global top ten smash, selling more than 3 million single sales worldwide since its release in September 2012, while continuing to climb the top 40 radio charts.

NE-YO (Motown Records) – Grammy Award winner NE-YO is a triple threat — dynamic performer on stage and screen and acclaimed songwriter. Indeed, Ne-Yo has been called one of this millennium’s most talented songwriters, arrangers and vocalists. Since his debut as a solo artist in 2006, NE-YO has released five albums: Grammy-nominated In My Own Words, Grammy-winning Because of You, Grammy-nominated Year of the GentlemanLibra Scale and the November 2012 release of the critically acclaimed, R.E.D. (Realizing Every Dream). He has had five top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and two number one albums on the Billboard 200. In 2012, NE-YO was inducted into the song writing Hall of Fame as a result of his work with artists such as Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Mario. It’s no surprise that he has sold more than 10 million albums and 23 million singles worldwide. In November 2012, after signing to Motown he was appointed to Senior Vice President of A&R at Motown Records.

 John Legend (G.O.O.D. Music/Sony Music) – John Legend is a nine-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, critically-acclaimed concert performer, philanthropist/social activist, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted (2004) sold more than three million copies worldwide and earned an astounding eight Grammy nominations with three wins for Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B album.  Legend’s follow-up album, Once Again (2006) earned RIAA platinum certification and a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.  High off the success of his third consecutive Top 10 album, Evolver (2008), Legend embarked on an extensive world tour with an 11 piece band – his largest traveling show to date. Inspired by the monumental 2008 Presidential election, Legend teamed up with The Roots to release the socially conscious album, Wake Up! (2010).  The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards and won Best R&B Album, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B song (for “Shine” – an original composition also featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s documentary film Waiting for Superman) along with two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Album and Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration.  In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization fighting poverty around the world.  John also sits on the Boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, and the Harlem Village Academies. Legend has been honored several times for his activism, including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, and the 2009 Africare’s Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award.  In early 2012, Legend released one of the hottest singles of his career, the chart-topping hit “Tonight (Best You’ve Ever Had)” featuring Ludacris, which sat atop the Urban AC radio chart for six consecutive weeks. Legend is currently in the studio completing his new album Love in the Future with executive producer Kanye West; the first single, “Who Do We Think We Are,” features Rick Ross and will launch in March 2013.

Ellie Goulding (Cherrytree/Interscope) – Ellie Goulding is an English-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In 2010, she became the second artist to both top the BBC‘s annual Sound of… poll and win the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year, following Adele‘s win of both in 2008. She released her first EP, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding,  in 2009. Goulding released her debut studio album, Lights, in 2010. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 850,000 copies in the UK. Her cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” reached number two in the UK in December 2010. In April 2011, she performed the song at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace. The album’s title track, “Lights” was released in March 2011, and reached number one on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, on the Billboard On-Demand chart, and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 nearly a year and a half later during its 33rd week charting, completing one of the longest ever climbs into the top two positions on the chart. The single, which lasted over a year on the Billboard Hot 100, was also certified triple platinum. Goulding’s second album Halcyon was released in October 2012 to generally positive reviews from critics. “Anything Could Happen” preceded the album as the lead single, reaching the top five in the UK as well as the top forty in Belgium, Ireland and New Zealand. “Halcyon” debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and number nine on the Billboard 200 Chart, her first Top 10 debut in the United States. Glouding is wrapping up her North American “Halcyon Days Tour.”

Fall Out Boy – American pop punk band from Wilmette, Ill., formed in 2001. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley. The members originally played in local underground hardcore bands before forming Fall Out Boy. With Wentz as the band’s primary lyricist and Stump as the primary composer, Fall Out Boy broke out of the underground music scene and reached mainstream success with its major label album From Under the Cork Tree. Released in 2005 as the follow-up to its 2003 debut Take This to Your Grave, the album won several awards and achieved double platinum status after selling more than 2.5 million albums in the United States, and with top 10 singles “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance.” In 2007, Fall Out Boy released its third album Infinity on High, to major chart success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, with top five chartings worldwide. The group released Folie à Deux in 2008 and further evolved its musical palette. The group announced an indefinite hiatus in late 2009, stating it had not broken up, rather that the members are taking a rest and engaging in various side projects. Stump released a solo album called Soul Punk in 2011, Wentz formed Black Cards, while Hurley and Trohman formed The Damned Things and have since respectively moved onto With Knives and Enabler. Fall Out Boy was ranked the 93rd Best Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard. The band recently announced a comeback with a new single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” off of Save Rock And Roll, and a tour.

Phillip Phillips (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records) – The Georgia-bred singer/songwriter, whose rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills helped him win Season 11 of American Idol, released his debut single “Home” in May 2012. The song skyrocketed to number one on the Billboard Digital songs chart and is the most successful coronation song of any “American Idol” winner with over 3.7 million sold.  His album The World from the Side of the Moon became the fastest-selling debut from an “American Idol” winner since season seven’s David Cook released his album in 2008. Phillips’ next single will be “Gone, Gone, Gone” which is a true standout track on his album. Currently, Phillips is on a U.S. tour with Matchbox 20.

Gloria Reuben – Gloria Reuben is a Canadian actress, singer and social activist. Over the past 20 years she has amassed impressive credentials in television, film, theater and music. In 2012, Reuben received critical praise for her portrayal as Elizabeth Keckley in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama film “Lincoln.” She is known for her role as Jeanie Boulet on the popular medical drama “ER” and for her role of Rosalind Whitman in the TV show “Raising the Bar.” Reuben’s music career includes being a backup singer for Tina Turner in 2000, which led her to solo record Just For You.

Reuben is also a committed social activist. As of January 2011, Reuben has secured a special advisor role on climate change for the Alliance for Climate Protection, former Vice President Al Gore’s environmental organization. She is on the Board for the National Wildlife Federation, along with being on the Leadership Council for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Waterkeeper Alliance. Reuben is a member of the Leadership Council for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, serves on the Board for SIECUS: the Sexuality, Information and Education Council of the United States.

RaVaughn (Columbia Records) – By the age of four and a half, RaVaughn made her musical theater debut as Annie in “Annie” at the Lorenz Hillside Theater.  Over the years as her career in entertainment developed, RaVaughn guest starred in several television series and became an accomplished voice over artist. RaVaughn was introduced to the world of “demos” where her career began to be shaped and fine-tuned working with music moguls such as Ricky Minor, Ryan Tedder, Sam Watters, Rico Love, Kara DioGuardi, Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner creating demos and laying background vocals for Celine Dion, Keri Hilson, Brandy, Keisha Cole, Pussy Cat Dolls, Jessica Simpson, Leona Lewis, Natasha Beddingfield, and Jennifer Hudson. RaVaughn landed gigs with Keri Hilson and Keyshia Cole and a tour with Brandy. Then, she met NE-YO who immediately saw something beyond a demo singer in her. She has combined forces with a few of music’s greatest writers, producers, and engineers. That list includes NE-YO, Stargate, Harold Lilly, Jermaine Dupree, The Underdogs, Baby Face, Chuck Harmony, Marsha Ambrosius, Crystyle, Eric Hudson, Andrea Martin, and Sauce. Their collaboration will undoubtedly yield a project that will place her debut album at the top of the music charts.

Michelle Peavy – Michelle Peavy is a charismatic motivational speaker, a vocal artist, and a successful businesswoman in the executive recruiting industry. Born and raised in Canada, she now makes her home in Houston, where she’s often seen singing the national anthem for the NBA’s Houston Rockets. In 2001, after years of experience in the recruiting industry, she founded Rimi and Company,  to create a comprehensive recruiting solution and service for her clients in the oil/gas industry in Canada and the USA.   Today, she continues to bring her energy and expertise to communities throughout North America as a motivational speaker, and she’s worked with groups like eWomenNetwork, Braveheart Women, Canadian Center for Abuse Awareness, and the ALLWomen Summit. She maintains this commitment to supporting and encouraging others in her business and singing life, where she actively supports and volunteers with a wide array of organizations, including Courageous Living, Job Ministries Southwest and Between Job Ministries. Peavy is a talented singer who assisted in writing and producing her CD, where she authored her story called The Freeway of Life, and she recently wrote and produced the current single/song called “The Final Note.”  You can also find Peavy as one of the featured women in the book Fearless Women – Fearless Wisdom, and as a cover girl for Today’s Business Woman Magazine. For more information, please visit

About Sean John

Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon Sean “Diddy” Combs and made its fashion debut with a men’s sportswear collection in 1998. In 2004, Sean “Diddy” Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men’s Wear Designer of the Year. With annual retail sales in the United States of over $525 million, Sean John remains one of the most impressive full lifestyle brands in the US and around the world. In May of 2010 Sean John signed a deal with Macy’s to be the exclusive U.S. department store retailer for the Sean John men’s sportswear collection beginning in Holiday 2010. The Sean John product is available online at and in over 400 Macy’s stores across the country, with additional doors to be added in the years ahead.  Learn more at

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy’s stores and offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

About NBA All-Star 2013

NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 62nd NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Toyota Center, will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for an 11th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 29th year of All-Star coverage. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2013 will include the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, NBA Development League All-Star Game, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. Houston also hosted NBA All-Star in 2006 and 1989.