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13.02.2007 – 02:46

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With 16 Grammy(TM) Awards Between Them, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton Join 'Mr. Las Vegas' Wayne Newton and KA(TM) by Cirque du Soleil(R) to Headline NBA All-Star 2007 Entertainment

New York (ots/PRNewswire)

Four-time Grammy(TM) Award-winning artist Christina Aguilera,
winner of Sunday night's Grammy for best female pop vocal
performance, six-time Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Toni Braxton,
and six-time Grammy Award-winning artist Mary J. Blige, who took home
three Grammys Sunday night, will headline the entertainment for NBA
All-Star 2007 in Las Vegas.
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(R) artists will perform a dynamic display of
acrobatic martial arts from the opening act of KA(TM), 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 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.
Web site: http://www.nba.com

Contact:

Amanda Thorn, +1-212-407-8477, athorn@nba.com, or David Cooper,
+1-212-407-8095, dcooper@nba.com, both of NBA