Jennifer Hudson has been confirmed to perform at the 69th NBA all-star game in a special tribute to honour Kobe Bryant.
The LA Lakers legend died final month in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Kobe, Gianna and the opposite seven victims of the crash will be honoured forward of participant introductions at the all-star game held in Chicago at the United Centre on Sunday (16 February).
The official NBA all star Twitter account confirmed Jennifer’s efficiency at the occasion in a tweet that learn: ‘GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist and Academy Award-winning actress and Chicago native @IAMJHUD will perform a special tribute to the late Kobe Bryant ahead of player introductions for the 69th #NBAAllStar Game on Sunday, Feb. 16, airing live at 8:00pm/et.’
Also acting on the night time will be Chaka Khan, who will sing the US nationwide anthem and Tenille Arts, who will perform the Canadian nationwide anthem.
Quavo, Chance the Rapper, DJ Khaled and Lil Wayne will perform for the game’s half-time present.
Since the deaths of Kobe, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, have been confirmed, tributes have flooded in from followers and celebrities, together with the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce and David Beckham.
Kobe was honoured at the Grammy Awards that came about simply hours after his loss of life on 26 January and his spouse Vanessa Bryant has confirmed a memorial will happen for the sporting icon and daughter Gigi on 24 February.
It will be held at the Staples Center- the house of Kobe’s basketball crew, the LA Lakers. The date is particularly vital as Kobe’s LA Lakers shirt quantity was 24, and he spent 20 years on the crew.
Kobe and Gianna are survived by Vanessa and her and Kobe’s three different daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri.
She has shared heartbreaking tributes to her husband and little girl on Instagram in latest weeks, with her newest put up seeing Vanessa attempting to clarify her grief to her followers.
Alongside a candy montage of Gianna enjoying basketball – she had been following in dad Kobe’s footsteps and performed for Mamba academy – Vanessa admitted she is ‘so mad’ her daughter has been taken away from her so quickly.
Her heartbreaking message learn: ‘I’ve been reluctant to place my emotions into phrases. My mind refuses to simply accept that each Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t course of each at the identical time.
‘It’s like I’m attempting to course of Kobe being gone however my physique refuses to simply accept my Gigi will by no means come again to me. It feels improper. Why ought to I have the ability to get up one other day when my child girl isn’t having the ability to have that chance?! I’m so mad. She had a lot life to dwell.’
She continued: ‘Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi however grateful I’m right here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I do know what I’m feeling is regular. It’s half of the grieving course of.
‘I just wanted to share in case there’s anybody on the market that’s skilled a loss like this. God I want they have been right here and this nightmare can be over.
‘Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.’
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