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Aguilera and Braxton will headline the halftime show of the 56th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in 215 countries and territories. Braxton, currently starring in her hit production show, “Toni Braxton: Revealed”, at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, will open Sunday’s halftime extravaganza by performing “Making Me High” from her Secrets album and “Take This Ring” from her Libra album. To culminate the show Aguilera will perform two songs from her 2006 Grammy-nominated, certified platinum album Back to Basics, “Ain’t No Other Man,” for which she won best female pop vocal performance at Sunday’s Grammys and “Candyman.” This will be Aguilera’s last live performance before kicking off her nationwide tour Feb. 20, 2007.
On Saturday, Feb. 17, multi-platinum recording artist Blige, who won three Grammys Sunday night including best R&B album for The Breakthrough, as well as best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance for “Be Without You,” will pay tribute to NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility initiative with a special performance of her rendition of the U2 original hit "One" during NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by EA SPORTS at the Thomas & Mack Center airing live on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. Footage from some of the hundreds of NBA Cares events, featuring current and former NBA players working in communities around the world will be thread into the performance.
In addition to the musical acts during Sunday's All-Star Game, Cirque du Soleil® artists will perform a dynamic display of acrobatic martial arts from the opening act of KŔ™, the gravity-defying production presented at MGM Grand.
Prior to the start of the All-Star Game, nine-time Las Vegas "Entertainer of the Year" Danny Gans, who is celebrating his 11th year as a Las Vegas headliner and seven years as a solo performer in his very own 1,265-seat theater at the world famous Mirage, will perform the National Anthem.
In a special performance, “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton currently headlining at Harrah’s Las Vegas will lend his remarkable voice and energy to perform as only he can as part of the NBA All-Star player introductions. During this performance, the famed Folies Bergere Showgirls from the Tropicana Hotel and Casino will dazzle the crowd with their signature moves providing a Vegas-style show for the arena and live television audience to enjoy.
About the Artists
Christina Aguilera (RCA Records) -- One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Aguilera, who won the 2006 Grammy Award for best female pop vocal performance for “Ain’t No Other Man,” will be kicking off her “Back to Basics” nationwide tour on Feb. 20, 2007. She has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and cultivated a fan base that crosses generational, racial, and gender lines. Aguilera has produced three studio albums, each of which was met with critical and commercial acclaim. She earned her first of four Grammy Awards in 2000 for Best New Artist following the release of her Stripped album, including singles “Dirrty,” “Beautiful,” and “Cant Hold Us Down.” Aguilera is also the recipient of a 2001 Latin Grammy Award for Mi Reflejo (Best Female Pop Vocal Album), a 2000 Billboard Music Award for Female Artist of the Year, and two 2004 Rolling Stone Music Awards (Best Female Producer, Readers’ Pick; Best Tour, Readers’ Pick, “Justified and Stripped”).
Mary J. Blige (Geffen Records) -- The owner of seven multi-platinum albums, Mary J. Blige continues her impressive career in 2007, winning two BET awards, two American Music Awards, nine Billboard Awards, and a leading eight Grammy nominations for her 2006 album The Breakthrough, which holds the record for most albums sold by a female R&B artist in a week. She won three 2006 Grammy Awards including best R&B album for The Breakthrough, as well as best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance for “Be Without You. “Be Without You,” a single from The Breakthrough broke records by being No. 1 on the R&B singles chart for 15 consecutive weeks.
Toni Braxton (Blackground/Universal Music) -- With four multi-platinum albums under her belt and more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, Toni Braxton has one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices in contemporary music. Having formerly taken Broadway by storm, this past year Toni returned to the stage continuing to entertain her fans at the Flamingo in Las Vegas in her production show “Toni Braxton: Revealed.” Braxton, who performs five nights a week on the famed Las Vegas Strip, is a six-time Grammy Award winner, including nods for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal. Her 2005 album Libra, garnered critical acclaim as well as an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Toni in the Outstanding Female Artist category. Toni most recently had the honor of being acknowledged among a distinguished group of past and present honorees for her achievements and contributions to the entertainment industry at the 2007 Trumpet Awards held in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Cirque du Soleil-- Cirque du Soleil is world-renowned for its distinct brand of theatrical entertainment. Since its founding in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has thrilled over 60 million spectators in more than 130 cities on five continents. In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has a privileged partnership with MGM MIRAGE to create and present unique and innovative productions, which include Mystčre® at Treasure Island, “O®” at Bellagio, ZUMANITY™, THE SENSUAL SIDE OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL™ at New York-New York Hotel and Casino, KŔ™ at MGM Grand and the latest creation celebrating The Beatles™, LOVE™, at The Mirage.
Wayne Newton-- Wayne Newton is one of the most widely acclaimed entertainers in history. The recipient of the “Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment” and many “Entertainer of the Year” honors for his show in Vegas, the multi-talented Newton has performed live in front of more than 30 million people over the course of his career. In addition to breaking records in the U.S., Wayne’s appeal has reached a worldwide audience. His 1998 Australian tour was sold out and Newton was named the #1 live music event of the year by the Sydney “Sun Herald.” Currently Newton is performing six months a year at Harrah’s Las Vegas as well as several of the Harrah’s properties located throughout the country. Newton is a multi-faceted talent with 165 albums to date and many credits in television and motion pictures, including a starring role in the James Bond film License to Kill as well as the newly released film Smokin’ Aces. Newton epitomizes the talent, glamour and energy that is Las Vegas-the entertainment capital of the world- appropriately earning him the nickname “Mr. Las Vegas”.
About NBA All-Star 2007
NBA All-Star 2007 brings together the top NBA players and performers for a week of competition, community service, and world-class entertainment. Among the many events that reach fans in 215 countries and territories are the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam; McDonald’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports; NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by EA SPORTS (Sprite Slam Dunk; Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout; PlayStation Skills Challenge; and Haier Shooting Stars); NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, the league’s interactive event that attracts more than 100,000 fans each year; and the 56th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18.