NEW YORK (AP) The NBA announced Thursday that 11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip-hop-rock band N.E.R.D will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles next month.
Fergie, who has eight Grammys, will sing ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' prior to tip-off. Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies will perform the national anthem of their home country.
The Feb. 18 game will air live at 8 p.m. Eastern on TNT from the Staples Center. It will be seen in more than 200 countries.
Pharrell and the band, which released its fifth studio album last month, will perform a medley of chart-topping hits. Fergie released her second full-length album, ''Double Dutchess,'' and a companion visual album in September. She is a host of the new Fox show ''The Four: Battle for Stardom.''
Kevin Hart will open the night.
Corrects spelling to N.E.R.D in overlines, story.

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