Fans drew mixed reactions to halftime performance by Sting, who performed five hits from The Police and his solo career.
NBA All Star game halftime performances have been a staple and a highlight of the weekend’s festivities, with world-class performances by international music superstars. This year, the league decided to go with Sting as the entertainer for the mid-season classic.
However, the choice of The Police frontman for the halftime entertainment drew flak from users on Twitter, puzzling a whole lot of people expecting Drake or any other hip hop performer to take the stage:
When some fans heard that Sting was performing, they were cracking that the pro wrestler was going to appear:
Fans mostly questioned the relevance of The Police’s bassist to today’s youthful audience, who have been used to seeing the likes of Ariana Grande, Pharell Williams, Rihanna, Drake, and Kanye West in its roster of acts during the NBA Entertainment Series presented by JBL.
In fact, no player on both West All Stars and East All Stars rosters were born when The Police made their debut in 1977.
Sting has not released a new solo album since 2013.