It was a night for the stars, both on and off the court: the 2014 NBA All-Star Game took place in New Orleans on Saturday Night and featured a pair of guest-heavy musical performances
Pharrell performed during the player introductions and delivered a sampler of his incredible career as a singer and producer. After kicking off with his 2003 hit “Frontin'”, Pharrell then brought on Nelly for The Neptunes-produced smash “Hot In Herre”. Following that was a snippet of his 2002 Jay Z collaboration “Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)” before Diddy and Busta Rhymes joined him for a rousing rendition of “Pass the Courvoisier Pt. II”. Pharrell next dove into last year’s smash single “Blurred Lines” before jumping back to 2009 with his energetic N.E.R.D. cut “Rock Star”. Snoop Dogg appeared for a funky version of 2003’s Neptunes-produced “Beautiful” before Pharrell closed out his set solo with verses from Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and his Despicable Me 2 hit, “Happy”, which he performed while donning a red version of his now infamous Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat. Watch the replay below.
For the halftime show, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue played house band to a parade of big-name guests. They first performed a rowdy pair of their own songs, “Do To Me” and “Hurricane Season”, before welcoming legendary New Orleans pianist Dr. John for the Crescent City staple, “Iko Iko”. Adding some blues to the mix was Gary Clark Jr., who performed “Bright Lights, Big City” (Clark also played a Hendrix-style rendition of “The National Anthem” prior to the game). And for the big finale, Janelle Monáe joined, performing a raucous, funktastic take on “Electric Lady”, before assisting Earth, Wind & Fire on vocals for their classic anthem, “Shining Star”.