John Legend gets the ‘Green Light’ for NBA All-Star gig

FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2016 file photo, John Legend arrives at the “La La Land” premiere on day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Legend is making a return to NBA All-Star weekend as the game’s halftime performer. The announcement was made on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter performed the national anthem at the annual showcase in Houston in 2013 and was a halftime performer in 2009 in Phoenix. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) John Legend will return to the NBA All-Star weekend as the game’s halftime performer, it was announced Monday.

The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter performed the national anthem at the annual showcase in Houston in 2013. He was a halftime performer in Phoenix in 2009.

The All-Star game is scheduled Feb. 19 in New Orleans. It was moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of a state law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their birth gender in public buildings.

Legend released his fifth album, “Darkness and Light,” this month.

The All-Star game will air live on TNT.


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