Kevin Hart, Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D. to Headline 2018 NBA All-Star Game

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Kevin Hart (left) and Pharrell Williams

Fergie and the Barenaked Ladies will sing the national anthems of the United States and Canada, respectively, before the game, set for Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.

Kevin Hart is set to open the 67th annual NBA All-Star Game, taking place Feb. 18 at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

Hart will open the game and introduce the players. He'll be joined alongside yet-to-be-announced special guests. Hart is about to embark on his hi worldwide Irresponsible tour, with dates announced later this month. 

Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams will perform at the halftime show with his hip-hop/rock group N.E.R.D., which will perform a medley of hits. The group released its fifth studio album, No One Ever Really Dies, last month.

Immediately following the introductions, Fergie, host of Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, will sing the U.S. national anthem.

The Barenaked Ladies — which released its 15th album, Fake Nudes, in the fall — will follow with the Canadian national anthem. 

This year’s NBA All-Star Game marks the NBA’s transition from its traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format to a draft-style format. 

The NBA’s new system will allow top vote-getters from each conference (currently LeBron James and Steph Curry) to choose their teams from a pool of starters and backups. The All-Star draft will not be televised, which will prevent fans from knowing the selection order of the players. 

The game will mark the record sixth NBA All-Star Game taking place in Los Angeles, following those in 2011, 2004, 1983, 1972 and 1963.

It's set to air live Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and in more than 200 territories around the world.