NEW YORK, Jan. 20 --
OutKast, hip-hop superstars who took home three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, will perform during the All-Star player introductions featuring five-time Grammy Award nominee Christina Aguilera singing the U.S. national anthem and Canada native Nelly Furtado singing the Canadian anthem prior to the 2004 NBA All-Star Game at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 15.
Courtesy of Arista Records (OutKast); Azoff Mgmnt. (Aguilera); Chris Smith Mgmnt. (Furtado).
The 2004 NBA All-Star Game will be televised by TNT beginning at 8 p.m. ET in the U.S. to more than 800 million households in 212 countries.
OutKast will perform their hit songs "The Way You Move" and "Hey Ya” as part of the night's player introductions. Selling more than 14 million albums worldwide during their nine-year career, the Grammy Award-winning group has released their sixth and most recent album, SPEAKERBOXXX / THE LOVE BELOW, an unprecedented dual CD containing their own individual musical statements, which has stayed atop of the Billboard album charts since its release last fall.
Multiple Grammy Award-winner Christina Aguilera boasts one of the most powerful and distinctive voices of all time. Aguilera's latest album STRIPPED, which she co-wrote and co-produced, has already sold over 7.5 million worldwide while her self-titled debut album sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
As a three-time Grammy Award-nominee for her multi-platinum debut album WHOA, NELLY!, Furtado has become one of pop music's premiere artists. Her current album, FOLKLORE, was released in November 2003 and has already been certified Gold in the U.S. and Platinum in Canada.
The 53rd NBA All-Star Game will feature the top players from the Eastern and Western conferences going head to head. 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.