Pitbull called on some super-friends while Nicki Minaj unveiled a new hit at the NBA All-Star Game, which took place in Orlando on Sunday night (Feb. 26). Pit brought out Ne-Yo, Nayer and unannounced performer Chris Brown during the halftime show, while the female rap star played her latest Hot 100 hit, “Starships,” during the player introductions.
After running through a medley of songs like “Krazy” and “Rain Over Me,” an all-black-clad Pitbull brought out “International Love” collaborator Chris Brown, who also presented a truncated version of his latest hit, “Turn Up The Music,” and some spirited dance moves. Soon, Ne-Yo and his fedora appeared on a platform to croon the new hook of “Give Me Everything,” and Nayer was also on hand, because, hey, why not? Before long, Orlando was a block party, and Pitbull, surrounded by sultry backup dancers, was the master of ceremonies.
Before tip-off, Nicki Minaj gave an elaborate performance of her uptempo new hit, “Starships,” which debuted at No. 9 last week on the Hot 100. After introducing the NBA East All-Stars (who lost the defense-free game 152-149 to the Western team), Minaj returned swapped wigs and turned on the sass for her past smash, “Super Bass.”
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In earlier events at NBA All-Star Weekend, J. Cole, Common and Ne-Yo competed in the Celebrity All-Star Game on Friday night, while Flo Rida and Will.i.am performed during the Saturday Night events in Orlando. At the NBA All-Star Pregame Concert on Sunday night, Lil Wayne made a surprise appearance onstage following performances by Gym Class Heroes and J. Cole.
Finally, Mary J. Blige delivered a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner before the 2012 All-Star Game got underway.