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06/29/2006 1:41 PM ET
Musical performers announced for Major League Baseball All-Star Week
John Legend, O.A.R. and Big and Rich to perform at All-Star events at PNC Park
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Major League Baseball announced today that top musicians from R&B, Alternative Rock and Country will perform at Major League Baseball All-Star Week. Three-time Grammy winner John Legend will honor the United States with his performance of God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch at the 2006 All-Star Game, July 11th, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Everfine/Lava/Atlantic recording artists O.A.R. will entertain the crowds at Taco Bell® All-Star Sunday, with a two song performance in-between the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell Legends and Celebrity All-Star Softball Game. Multi-platinum, Warner Bros. Nashville recording act Big & Rich will perform two songs live directly before the CENTURY 21® Home Run Derby on Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, Monday, July 10th.

The 2006 Grammy winner for Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album, John Legend has a soulful sound, rooted in gospel, but with hip-hop beats and unique, witty lyrics. Legend, who has worked with greats such as Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Eve, Common, the Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West, rose to fame with the release of his first major debut album, Get Lifted. The Columbia Records recording artist, who counts Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green and The O'Jays among his primary influences, received an astounding eight Grammy nominations at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

The Rockville, Maryland based quintet O.A.R. (....of a revolution.) burst on to the music scene eight years ago with a unique rock-meets-reggae style sound. The group, who has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien has sold over one million albums to date. Having played to sold out crowds at Madison Square Garden, O.A.R. has most recently received critical acclaim for their 2005 album, Stories of a Stranger.

The Grammy nominated duo Big & Rich released their second album, Comin' To Your City in November 2005, to much fanfare. The multi-platinum duo of Big Kenny and John Rich have taken Nashville by storm and have transformed typical country music with what the duo calls, "country music without prejudice." Big & Rich, who embarked on their "Comin' To Your City" tour on June 2nd in Louisville, Kentucky, will spend this summer touring the U.S., playing more than 30 venues nationwide. The title cut from the album, Comin' To Your City, was used as the theme music for the 2005 season of "ESPN's College Game Day."

John Legend's performance of God Bless America will be televised live on FOX Sports during the broadcast of the 77th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. ESPN's July 10th telecasts of the CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game will include parts of the on-field musical performances by Big & Rich and O.A.R.

The 77th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet. The CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live by ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio.

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