Prior to the game, Hart and special guests will take the All-Star stage for an exciting opening and an entertaining introduction of the All-Star teams. Hart is about to embark on his worldwide IRRESPONSIBLE tour, with dates announced later this month. He was most recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (What Now?). Hart is also a four-time MVP and former coach of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
In addition, eight-time Grammy Award winner Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem prior to tip-off. The singer, songwriter and global superstar released her second full-length opus, Double Dutchess, along with her first visual album experience, Double Dutchess: Seeing Double, in September. She is currently hosting Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom.
Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies, who released their 15th album, Fake Nudes, in the fall, will sing the Canadian national anthem. The group will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer with its Last Summer On Earth tour.