NEW YORK, Feb. 3 -- Mariah Carey will perform a special tribute to NBA superstar Michael Jordan during the 2003 NBA All-Star Game, which takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, February 9, it was announced today.

As part of the special tribute, Carey will perform the epic ballad "Hero," during her halftime performance. She will also perform two songs from her new album Charmbracelet, including "Boy (I Need You)" and "My Saving Grace."

"Michael Jordan is one of the greatest athletes that has ever lived and has done so much for basketball and the world of entertainment over the years," said Carey. "He is truly a hero and I am honored to perform this special tribute to him during this year's All-Star festivities."

The 2003 NBA All-Star Game and Mariah's tribute will be televised live on TNT in the U.S. with coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m./ET. Viewers in 212 countries will be able to tune into the game and the halftime event. The halftime show will be produced by NBA Entertainment.

Mariah Carey is the world's No. 1 selling female performer of all time. Possessing a spectacular five-octave range, Mariah has proven that she is equally at home with sweeping ballads and pop, often incorporating elements of dance and hip-hop into the mix. Carey has had an incredible 15 No. 1 singles, has achieved numerous Grammy Awards and American Music Awards, as well as Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award and the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium.”

The 52nd NBA All-Star Game will feature the top players from the Eastern and Western conferences going head to head at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. It is the culmination of a week of activities that will showcase the greatest athletes in the world playing basketball at the highest level on an international stage, and will display the league’s deep commitment to its community. For more information and full coverage of the NBA All-Star Game and All-Star 2003 events, visit the official All-Star section on NBA.com.