John Legend Will Be The 2017 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Performer

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The NBA All-Star Game is back in New Orleans after being moved out of Charlotte due to North Carolina’s HB2 law. But as we all know, New Orleans is a city known for music (among other things), and the NBA always finds a way to do it big when it comes to music during All-Star Weekend anyway.

So when the league dropped a teaser in advance of this year’s announcement, guesses were all over the place:

(My favorite was someone on Twitter suggesting it’d be Adam Silver. Hey, it fit in the clue!)

Others craftily guessed John Legend. And they were right. The singer, who has a brief turn in the film La La Land and a recently released new album, is a good fit for halftime. He’ll be high energy and will likely bring out a few special guests.

While the NBA could probably get away with bringing in Rihanna and/or Drake every year, props to them for going outside the box a bit here. As long as we get a heavy dose of Trombone Shorty and plenty of other New Orleans staples over the weekend in some capacity, this will be fun. Maybe this means Legend will suit up for the Celebrity Game too.