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Jennifer Hudson Set To Perform Kobe Bryant Tribute At NBA All-Star Game

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Feb. 13 2020, Updated 4:48 p.m. ET

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Jennifer Hudson will perform during NBA All-Star game halftime show on Sunday, February 16 to pay tribute to the late great Kobe Bryant. The singer will give a special performance for the basketball star at the United Center in Chicago.

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The basketball league announced the news on February 13, that Jennifer, 38, “will open the night ahead of player introductions.”

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The Oscar winner's tribute will honor Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven other members who died in a helicopter crash on January 26.

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Chance the RapperLil WayneDJ KhaledQuavo and Taylor Bennett are also set to perform at the 69th annual All-Star game halftime show.  Chaka Khan will sing the national anthem while singer Tenille Arts will perform the Canadian national anthem.

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After the tragic accident, Jennifer posted a heartbreaking message about Kobe on social media. "It’s like every time I go to sleep and then wake up somebody else is gone! This news hurts my heart so bad! #kobebyrant," the Chicago native wrote alongside a shot of the Los Angeles Lakers player during a game.

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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will go head-to-head for the basketball tournament. LeBron, 35, revealed his tattoo he got received in honor of his late friend earlier this month. The ink was a black mamba snake. Throughout his career, Kobe often referred to himself as “The Black Mamba.”

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LeBron broke his silence after the Oscar winner's passing on January 27. “Man, I was sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gianna and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother,” he wrote on Instagram.

Gianna and Kobe were laid to rest in a private funeral in Los Angeles on February 11. A public memorial will take place at the Staples Center on February 24.

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