Carolina natives J. Cole and Anthony Hamilton lead star-studded lineup for 2019 NBA All-Star Game

Fayetteville’s J. Cole to perform during halftime; Hamilton to sing national anthem. Rapper Meek Mill and singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen also included.

Well, that was fast. A day after two Carolina natives shared a birthday, they were announced as acts during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Seven-time Grammy-nominated rapper, and Fayetteville native, J. Cole will headline the 2019 NBA All-Star Game with a medley of hits during the halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center. Prior to the tipoff, Charlotte’s hometown son, Anthony Hamilton will perform the national anthem. Both artists celebrated their birthdays on Jan. 28.

Cole recently dropped his latest single, Middle Child. Hamilton will release his ninth full-length studio album later this year.

The NBA officially announced its talent lineup for the weekend’s premier event, which is expected to draw 150,000 visitors, according to the city’s tourism officials.

In addition to Cole and Hamilton, Philly rapper Meek Mill will kick off the night and introduce the All-Star teams. Mill is no stranger to hip-hop lovers. However, he’s gained new fans thanks to his platform on criminal justice reform, picking up support from high-profile folks like Jay-Z and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Mill released his chart-topping fourth studio album, Championships, in November.

Singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will perform the Canadian national anthem.

For those who won’t be at the game, the broadcast will be televised at 8 p.m. on TNT.


Katrina Louis is managing editor of qcitymetro.com who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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