February is a huge month in both the sports and music worlds, and here at Ballin' Out, we're just trying to get prepared: Ahead of the Grammys (Feb. 12), we have nominee BJ the Chicago Kid -- up for three awards in the R&B field -- who also happens to be (as his name would suggest) a big fan of Chicago sports. Ahead of the NBA's All-Star Weekend, Langston Galloway and Tim Frazier of the New Orleans Pelicans stopped by the office to talk about bringing the league's biggest names to their home base in the Big Easy. And that's not even mentioning the Super Bowl (Feb. 5) or the Academy Awards (Feb. 27) -- fasten your seatbelts, we're in for an eventful month.
During his visit to the Ballin' Out studio (otherwise known as a Billboard conference room), BJ spoke about performing the National Anthem for President Obama's farewell address in (you guessed it) Chicago. "Being able to go back home and sing in my hometown, I'm honored that I was chosen from being a part of that," he says of the performance. "You haven't met the coolest person in the world until you've met Barack Obama." BJ also spoke about his trio of Grammy nods, as well as what it was like for the Cubs to finally (finally!) win the World Series.