I’m not that much into basketball as I used to be, but the All-Star game is a big deal and I thought I’d review the performances. The show opened with Christina Aguilera who took a different route than performing her own hits and performed hits that paid tribute to the mecca, New York City. She performed a medley of: ‘New York, New York,’ ‘On Broadway,’ and ‘Living for the City.’ It didn’t stop there and she brought out Nas after singing a bit of ‘New York State of Mind’. Enter Nas coming out and spitting a few bars from his ‘NY State of Mind’ (Illmatic). Aguilera then came back with the Rockettes as she sung the hook to Jay-Z/Alicia Keys’, ‘Empire State of Mind.’ She ended the set with what she started with, ‘New York, New York.’ Vocally Christina sang at a comfortable lower octave, but had a stellar closing and reached every note with ease. Great way for her to come back into the spotlight.
No formal performance for the players to come out as in previous years. The National Anthem was sung by Queen Latifah and the Canadian National Anthem was sung by Tamia.
- Love Me Harder’
- ‘The Way’
- ‘One Last Time’
- ‘Bang Bang’
- ‘Break Free’
I’m glad there was a ton of music for her to perform and she had enough time to put on a mini-concert as she didn’t speed through her songs. I will say that I’m still not a fan of her voice and she sounded nasally as usual, but I could understand what she was singing. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, she usually doesn’t annunciate her words.
The attire should not go without mention. It’s a basketball game so there was a play-up on the warm-up gear for the guys and the sexy cheerleader for the girls. It looked like she was representing the Brooklyn Nets, but based of the NY Knicks colors, black & white sufficed. As for her the girl backup dancers I liked their skater skirts, crop tops, knee high socks and Addidas. Of course it wouldn’t be signature Ariana Grande without her ponytail.
The downside to the performance was that the energy wasn’t there and no real energy came until Nicki Minaj came out in a skirt, bedazzled top, and boots. She looked great and matched Grande’s fly with the ponytail (TWINSIES). Nicki spit her bars in ‘Bang Bang’, but her fake smile didn’t show that she really wanted to be out there. It wouldn’t be Nicki though without a little grind plus the two step. Her grind almost knocked over Ariana, but in turn she just slapped Nicki’s butt. I see Ariana was trying to give “sexy,” but it was just looked to forced standing next to Nicki.
I will say that instead of performing her slow tracks Ariana could’ve brought out more stars. I also know that other stars can outshine a performance so I can see why not many were brought out even though she had three other options other than Nicki: Mac Miller, The Weeknd, and her beau Big Sean. Overall I give props where props are due. She performed all the way through with no mishaps. Only thing is that it could’ve been more energy.