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Country music star Gretchen Wilson to sing National Anthem

By Official release
Posted Feb 10 2010 9:55AM

NEW YORK -- Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum country music superstar Gretchen Wilson will perform a special rendition of the U.S. National Anthem followed by a performance of the Canadian anthem by vocal quartet the Canadian Tenors at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. Both anthems will air during this year's historic game on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, live on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET.

TNT will tip off pregame coverage at 7 p.m. ET when the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the air demonstration squadron of the U.S. Air Force, will execute the first-ever NBA All-Star fly-over followed by an exclusive performance by Grammy-nominated band OneRepublic. OneRepublic will play a six-song set outside on the West Plaza of Cowboys Stadium for NBA All-Star Game ticketholders before moving inside to perform its hit single All the Right Moves.

A capella group NOTA, whose blend of salsa, hip hop, reggaeton, R&B, and merengue catapulted them into first place on NBC's hit vocal competition "The Sing-Off", will take the stage a total of three times throughout the weekend beginning on Saturday, Feb. 13, with a highly-anticipated performance of the U.S. National Anthem during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at the American Airlines Center live on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, Feb. 14, prior to OneRepublic's televised performance, NOTA, will dazzle the crowd with a spectacular performance of an upbeat mix of Michael Jackson's Billy Jean and Justin Timberlake's Love Stoned that will air live on NBA TV beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Later that evening, the six-man vocal group will pay a special tribute to Valentine's Day with their rendition of Jason Mraz's hit love song I'm Yours.

On Friday, Feb. 12, R&B newcomer Dondria will perform the National Anthem while Canadian R&B/pop artist Kreesha Turner will perform the Canadian National Anthem at the T-Mobile Rookie & Youth Jam at the American Airlines Center live on TNT at 9 p.m. ET. Turner will also sing the Canadian National Anthem on Saturday, Feb. 13, at NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

The NBA previously announced that international superstar and Grammy Award-winning pop diva Shakira will team up with 12-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress Alicia Keys for a one-of-a-kind performance headlining the 2010 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show while Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Usher will perform his high-energy single More during the introductions of the 2010 NBA All-Stars.

The 2010 NBA All-Star Game performances will take place before the largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game - at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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