As the year’s NBA All-Star Game was scheduled be held in New York, the city has gathered its finest artists to kick-off the pre-game performances. It was for the first time in as many as 17 years that New York hosted the Game. The event was organized in Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The artists that performed at the event include Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera, as well as Nas.
The introductions began with a tribute to the city of New York, and the Staten Island native, Aguilera started off with a medley of favorites from Big Apple. The medley included songs likes “On Broadway” and Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” It also included the Billy Joel song “New York State of Mind.” Xtina then took over with “New York’s finest”.
The Brooklyn-born star, who grew up in Queens, also sang a track from his debutant 1994 album, Illmatic. The song was titled similarly as the previous one and was called, “N.Y. State of Mind.” The veteran MC was welcomed heartily by the crowd that roared the lyric of the song along the singer as he delivered a quick rendition of the classic song.
Soon after, Jay Z’s song started to play, titled “Empire State of mind.” Then the Rockettes entered to join Christian on the stage.
Esco witnessed a busy All-Star Weekend, starting Friday, when he performed in Manhattan. The performance was at Irving Plaza, alongside Drake. It can be seen as only a mere start of the entertainment evening. During the halftime of the game, Ariana Grande is scheduled to perform. The event is nothing less than a star-studded performances weekend to thrill the New Yorkers.
The last time the game was organized in the Madison Square Garden was in 1998. Soon after his performance, Nas was seen on Twitter expressing his love for the city, his hometown.