Ranking the NBA All-Star Halftime Shows of the 2000s

By Jaime Villegas

October 12, 2015

Halftime shows are designed to break up all the non-stop action of the game by giving the audience more non-stop action, in music form. Usually these halftime shows enlist some of the biggest names in the music industry to give us one amazing show.

Every year the NBA All-Star Game puts on spectacular shows with even more spectacular artists. With the 2016 NBA All-Star only a few months away, we figured why not show you what kind of talent you can expect for next year’s event!

We polled the office here at QuintEvents, and here’s our ranking for the best halftime shows of the NBA All-Star since the 2000s. Agree with our pick? Disagree? Tweet us at @QuintEvents with your comments.

15. 2015 – Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

What do you get when you put one of the princesses of pop and the queen of rap together? This year’s NBA All-Star halftime show! Ariana Grande performed a medley of hits from her latest album My Everything, including “Problem” and “One Last Time”. For “Bang Bang” Grande enlisted hip-hop’s No. 1 rapper, Nicki Minaj, to close out the show. Take a look below at their performance!


14. 2013 – Alicia Keys

The 2013 NBA All-Star halftime show saw Alicia Keys bring down the house with some of her biggest hits, “Empire State of Mind” and a reggae rendition of “Girl on Fire.”

13. 2009 – John Legend & Juanes

In 2009, five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend and 17-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes performed during the NBA All-Star Game halftime show. John Legend performed an extended version of "If You're Out There," a heartfelt song of hope and inspiration from his album Evolver.

12. 2008 - Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Davell Crawford, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Jonathan Batiste, and Ellis Marsalis

The 2008 NBA All-Star found its way in New Orleans, the birthplace of not only jazz but some true jazz legends. Harry Connick Jr. presented some of the biggest names in jazz: Ellis Marsalis, Davell Crawford, Dr. John, Ivan and Art Neville, Jonathan Batiste and the legend himself, Allen Toussaint.

11. 2001 – Harry Connick Jr.

For the 2001 NBA All-Star game, the jazz pianist and every living NBA All-Star Game MVP made halftime of the 2001 classic an unforgettable experience in Washington, D.C. Connick along with a 15-piece band set the tone when they performed a special arrangement honoring MVPs of the past 50 years.

10. 2010 – Alicia Keys & Shakira

Latin Pop/Rock sensation, Shakira kicked off the 2010 NBA All-Star halftime show with her popular hit, “She Wolf.” Shakira also performed her single, “Give It Up To Me” and then opened the stage for Alicia Keys to close out the halftime show with her hits, “Empire State of Mind” and “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart.” The show took place in the massive Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

9. 2003 – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey and Michael Jordan are legends in their own right, so when you have these two in the same room you are in for a treat. The sultry singer performed an amazing tribute to the basketball legend celebrating his last NBA All-Star game.

8. 2006 – John Legend & Carrie Underwood

Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend and 2005 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood headlined the halftime entertainment during the 2006 NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center in Houston. Carrie Underwood performed her sensational hit single “Some Hearts” off her debut album by the same name.

7. 2005 – LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich

Grammy Award-winning superstar LeAnn Rimes and genre busting country duo Big & Rich kicked off the 2005 NBA All-Star Game halftime show. Big & Rich, a popular, genre-blurring duo performed hip-hop, which was an interesting move, but it paid off in the end as they received a standing ovation.

6. 2011 – Rihanna, Drake & Kanye West

2011 was the year of Rihanna; the fiery red head (at the time) gave an outstanding performance of a medley of her number 1 hits during the halftime show. She surprised fans and brought out Drake and Kanye West to perform with her.

5. 2014 – Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Janelle Monae, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Gary Clark Jr.

Last year’s All-Star Weekend’s halftime show brought the legends on stage with the newbies. Earth, Wind, and Fire joined Janelle Monae, Trombone, and friends and gave a phenomenal all-star packed performance. This show was a crowd pleaser.

4. 2012 – Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Nayer, & Chris Brown

In 2012, Pitbull paid homage to his hometown of Miami during the All-Star Game in Orlando. Serving up an action-packed performance full of pyro lighting, lots of energy, beautiful women and a segment from Chris Brown performing his hit “Turn up the Music,” this show was nothing short of amazing.

3. 2002 – Elton John

NBA All-Stars shared center court with the one-and-only Elton John. John performed his classic "Philadelphia Freedom" as part of specially choreographed introductions of the 2002 All-Stars before the Game's tip-off. His halftime performance featured John's special performance of his song, "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" and his classic, "I'm Still Standing."

2. 2004 – Beyoncé

The 2004 NBA All-Star halftime show saw the multi-talented entertainer Beyoncé Knowles perform in Los Angeles, CA. Beyoncé performed her sultry hit, “Naughty Girl” followed by high-energy “Crazy in Love.” It might have been one of her newest solo performances since leaving Destiny's Child but she was no stranger to the stage!

1. 2007 – Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton & Cirque du Soleil®

Four-time Grammy™ Award-winning artist Christina Aguilera and six-time Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Toni Braxton headlined the entertainment for NBA All-Star 2007 in Las Vegas. In addition to the musical acts during the All-Star Game, Cirque du Soleil® artists performed a dynamic display of acrobatic martial arts from the opening act of KÀ™, the gravity-defying production presented at MGM Grand.

The 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend

The headliner(s) for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game halftime show has yet to be announced. However, you can bet that with the size of this event, so the performer will be just as huge! Get your Official Ticket Package today and start planning your Toronto adventure!

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