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NBA ALL-STAR GAME RECAP: Anthony Hamilton's Marvin Gaye-esque National Anthem Has Folks Divided + J. Cole, Meek Mill & Janelle Monae + #TeamLeBron Wins!

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We've got a recap of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game! Get into Anthony Hamilton's National Anthem performance and why it has gone viral, J. Cole paying homage during his halftime performance, LeBron James' team nabbing the win, Kevin Durant winning MVP, Meek Mill's performance and more!

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Anthony Hamilton, a Charlotte native, was tapped to perform the National Anthem during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte. We all know Anthony can blow, however, folks are divided about his rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner."

Some tweets on Twitter praised Anthony's rendition, comparing it to the late Marvin Gaye's rendition when he performed the anthem during the 1983 NBA All-Star Game. Others...not so much. First, peep his performance below:

 

To compare, here's Marvin Gaye's performance from 30-years ago:

 

 

Below are the mixed reviews of Anthony's performance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During Anthony's performance, folks couldn't help but notice the guitarist's face that has since gone viral:

 

 

 

 

WEAK!

Were you feelin' Anthony Hamilton's rendition or nah?

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Charlotte native J. Cole was tapped to perform during the halftime show and he took it back while showing hometown love. The rapper whipped out his throwback Hornets jacket for his performance and folks loved it. Peep her performance below:

 

 

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Everyone's new favorite rapper-activist Meek Mill kicked off the All-Star game with a performance during the announcements. Check it:

 

After the game, someone put up $4,000 that the "Dreams & Nightmares" rapper couldn't shoot a three. See if he nabbed the bag below:

 

Janelle Monae put on a whole pre-game concert too backed through AT&T:

As for the game....

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It started off a bit rocky for LeBron James' team, but they pulled off a WIN against Giannis Antetokounmpo's team.

Once they hit the court for the 2nd half, Team LeBron flipped a 20-point deficit into a 178-164 victory. King James got to play with his homie Dwyane Wade one last time as this was D. Wade's last NBA All-Star appearance and his final season in the NBA.

 

Warriors forward Kevin Durant copped the All-Star Game MVP after wrapping up the game with 31 points and seven rebounds.

 

 

 

 

Congrats, Durant!

Several celebs were in the mix, including Janelle Monae, Gabrielle Union, Allen Iverson, Antonio Brown, Ludacris, Gucci Mane, Keyshia Ka'oir, Spike Lee, Chris Tucker, JB Smoove, Guy Fieri, 2 Chainz, Quavo and more:

 

 

 

 

 

And here's how the NBA GOAT - Michael Jordan - celebrated his 56th birthday:

 

 

Fun times.

Photos: Getty

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