Christina Aguilera to open 2015 NBA All-Star Game as part of Entertainment Series presented by JBL

NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that Grammy Award-winning pop icon Christina Aguilera will tip off the 64th NBA All-Star Game during the “Entertainment Series presented by JBL” on Sunday, Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.  Aguilera will be joined by legendary New York City dance troupe the Rockettes for a spectacular open to the night. The game will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Aguilera is a vocal powerhouse known worldwide for countless chart-topping hits, including “Reflection,” “Genie in a Bottle,” “Fighter” and “Beautiful.”  In addition to selling more than 30 million albums worldwide, Aguilera starred alongside Cher in the Golden Globe-nominated musical “Burlesque.”  Next month, Aguilera will return as judge for the eighth season of “The Voice.”

Prior to the start of this year’s All-Star Game, the Staten Island native will take center stage for a New York-themed medley, culminating with introductions of the 2015 NBA All-Stars.  During Aguilera’s set, the Rockettes will dazzle the crowd with eye-high kicks and precision choreography.

With HARMAN serving as the Official Sound of the NBA, its featured brand, JBL, will serve as presenter of this year’s NBA All-Star Entertainment Series. In addition to Aguilera’s exciting musical performance during pregame introductions, last week HARMAN and the NBA announced that Ariana Grande will headline the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game.

About the Artists
Christina Aguilera (RCA) – One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Christina Aguilera has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, achieved four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won five Grammy awards.  She has also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has had the prestigious honor of being the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.  In 2011, she entered the world of TV as a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated show “The Voice” and will be back for her 5th season in 2015.  Christina continues to use her voice for good, serving as a global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009.  Her participation has helped raised $115 million for World Food Programme and others, providing 460 million meals and saving millions of lives.

About the Rockettes
The Rockettes – Known for their rich history, unrivaled talent, strength, dynamism, precision and athleticism, the Rockettes have become one of the nation’s most beloved icons.  From appearances ranging from “America’s Got Talent,” “Project Runway,” “Dancing with the Stars,” The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, presidential inaugurations and numerous Super Bowls, the Rockettes epitomize teamwork and embody the belief that “together we’re better.”  As the stars of the annual “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” production, the Rockettes entertain more than one million people each year and have played in 77 different cities across the country.  This March, the Rockettes will also star in the all-new live theatrical “New York Spring Spectacular,” debuting at Radio City Music Hall.

About NBA All-Star 2015
NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game.  The 64th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden, will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages.  TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 30th year of All-Star coverage, as well as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 14, which will both take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, Feb. 15, airing on NBA TV.  Madison Square Garden will host Friday night’s ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

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