John Legend sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at NBA All-Star Game 2013 [Video]

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R&B singer/songwriter John Legend was tabbed with the honor of starting off the 2013 NBA All-Star Game with the traditional singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

John delivered a solid performance, opting not to add the over-the-top flourishes that have marked (and sometimes crushed) other singers’ renditions. Legend also kept it simple with his “all black everything” ensemble topped off with a motorcycle jacket.

John’s performance seemed to inspired at least one NBA player as Chris Paul racked up 20 points, 15 assists and earned MVP honors to lead the West over the East with a 143 – 138 victory.

The festivities were held in The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas this year.

Press play on the video below to see John’s performance.