HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Not only will the NBA’s favorite athletes be in Houston this weekend, but global pop sensation Ke$ha, Grammy Award-winner hip hop artist Ludacris and Grammy Award-nominated hip hop artist B.o.B will be on hand to help tip off the 2013 NBA All-Star on Sunday, Feb. 17.
With the Sprint Pregame Concert, headlined by Ke$ha, hip hop artist and GRAMMY Award winner Ludacris and B.o B, whose debut albumearned an outstanding five Grammy nominations, will open the show will a live performance in front of fans at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where all NBA All-Star Jam Session activities will be held.
Ke$ha will hit the stage to perform during the live telecast on TNT starting at 6 p.m. CT.
About the Artists
Ke$ha (RCA Records) – Global superstar Ke$ha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single “TiK ToK” was named Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year, and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world. Her debut album Animal has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide and Ke$ha has had 7 consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles in “TiK ToK”, “Your Love Is My Drug,” “We R Who We R” and the latest, “Die Young.” Ke$ha recently released the track “C’Mon,” the second single from her critically acclaimed second album, Warrior. Ke$ha has toured the world, playing over 200 live shows in support of Animal and its companion album Cannibal. She took home the MTV EMA for Best New Act in November 2010 and was nominated for 2 American Music Awards, 3 MTV VMA Awards and 6 Billboard Awards. She has performed on dozens of television programs all over the world including MTV Europe Music Awards, Much Music Awards (Canada), Echo Awards (Germany), X Factor (Australia), American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Idol, Saturday Night Live and The Today Show Summer Concert Series. She has over 22 million Facebook likes, over 3 million Twitter followers and over 330 million views on VEVO. She has sold over 27 million combined tracks and ringtones in the U.S alone and over 34.5 million worldwide to date. Ke$ha is an international powerhouse, Animal has been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum in 15 markets (including Platinum in the United States) and was the biggest selling debut album from an international female in 2010 in the UK. In November 2012 Ke$ha released her first book through Touchstone Publishing. The full-color photo journal/scrapbook entitled My Crazy Beautiful Life, sheds light on Ke$ha’s hectic, non-stop life on tour and provides an exclusive look into the creative process of her latest album, Warrior. Also in late 2012 Ke$ha announced Kesha Rose by Charles Albert®, a new jewelry line that reflects the singer’s distinctive personality throughout the collection. Ke$ha was also recently named the first global ambassador for Humane Society International.
Ludacris (DTP Records/Island Def Jam) – Ludacris is a Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist, entrepreneur and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Ludacris has won a Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice, MTV, and three Grammy awards during his career. Ludacris was one of the first and most influential Dirty South artists to achieve mainstream success. After a brief stint as a disc jockey, he released his debut album Back for the First Time in 2000, which contained the singles “Southern Hospitality” and “What’s Your Fantasy.” In 2001, he released Word of Mouf, followed by Chicken-n-Beer in 2003. He took a more serious approach with his next three albums, The Red Light District (2004), Release Therapy (2006), and Theater of the Mind (2008). His latest record, Battle of the Sexes, was released in 2010. Ludacris plans to release his fifth album, Ludaversal later this year.
B.o.B (Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records) – Atlanta-native, B.o.B has become a fixture in the music scene thanks to the success of “STRANGE CLOUDS,” which is the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed, RIAA-certified Gold debut album, B.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY, which earned an outstanding five Grammy nominations including “Best Rap Album.” “STRANGE CLOUDS” features the platinum-certified singles “Strange Clouds (feat. Lil Wayne)” and “So Good,” as well as the gold-certified, “Both of Us,” which features vocals from Taylor Swift. Other collaborations on “STRANGE CLOUDS,” include the likes of T.I., Nicki Minaj, Ryan Tedder, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, with production from heavy-hitters Dr. Luke, Salaam Remi, Ryan Tedder and even B.o.B himself. “STRANGE CLOUDS” has earned B.o.B high praise from critics ranging from Rolling Stone, who said that “…his strength is being inquisitive, like detailing his wealth, then asking if it matters,” while Entertainment Weekly acknowledged that B.o.B “…knows how to hang in nearly every sonic situation, and master it – just like a real rock star.” For more information on B.o.B, please visit www.bobatl.com, www.twitter.com/bobatl,www.facebook.com/bobatl.