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:
— NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2016
Sting is crushing it. I want to dole out awkward high fives to other aging white guys like we are Ryder Cup teammates.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 15, 2016
Most of the audience isn't even old enough to remember Sting songs from the first guitar hero on PS3.
— Jesse Blanchard (@blanchardJRB) February 15, 2016
Ok NBA who's idea was it to have Sting perform the halftime show?!!!! People call them to Clear their stuff out Monday morning lol
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) February 15, 2016
Sting done turned into garden gnome
— Niles Paul (@NilesP_) February 15, 2016
Just sent a message in a bottle to the NBA. Says: "IT'S 2016 AND YOU'RE THE NBA — WHY IS STING PERFORMING AT YOUR ALL-STAR GAME?!"
— Daniel Bean (@danielwbean) February 15, 2016
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.