The three Nigerian artists took turns singing their own singles onstage.
Burna Boy, Rema, and Tems performed at the 2023 NBA All-Star Game halftime show tonight (February 19). The three Nigerian artists took turns onstage, with Burna Boy kicking things off with an energetic performance of some of his hits—“It’s Plenty,” “Last Last,” and “Alone”—before Rema took over to sing “Calm Down” and “Holiday.” Tems closed out the segment with a medley of “Crazy Tings,” “Free Mind,” “Essence,” and “Higher” while encircled by backup dancers. Watch the full halftime set below.
Before tip-off at tonight’s All-Star Game, Post Malone performed his songs “Wow.” and “Rockstar” for a crowd of fans. For the latter song, he brought out 21 Savage, who appears on the original studio version of that track.
Tems is fresh off her 2023 Grammys win—her first—for Best Melodic Rap Performance with her Future and Drake collaboration “Wait for U.” She’s nominated for the 2023 Oscar for Best Original Song for her work on Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up,” from the soundtrack for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Rema appeared on FKA twigs’ Caprisongs track “Jealousy” in January 2022; he shared his debut album Rave & Roses in April. Burna Boy’s last LP Love, Damini dropped that summer.
Check out Pitchfork’s “Rising” feature “Rema Is Leading the Next Generation of Nigerian Pop.”