Jennifer Hudson is scheduled to perform a tribute to Kobe Bryant at the Feb. 16 NBA All-Star game in Chicago.
The R&B star will sing prior to player introductions to honor Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven others who perished in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
The game airs at 8 p.m. on TNT.
Hudson, who also sang in tribute to Whitney Houston to open the Grammy Awards the night after Houston’s untimely 2012 death, dealt with her own tragedy with the 2008 killing of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
Along with Hudson, fellow Chicago natives Chance the Rapper and Common will take part in the All-Star events; Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled will perform during halftime.
Chaka Khan – recently revealed as Miss Monster on “The Masked Singer” – will handle the national anthem.
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