Vinny Guadagnino in celebrity game

Updated: February 16, 2012, 1:18 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LOS ANGELES -- The NBA is down to include Vinny Guadagnino in the NBA All-Star celebrity game.

The "Jersey Shore" star is among the famous faces who will be included in the Feb. 24 celebrity game at the NBA All-Star Jam Session at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The NBA said Guadagnino rallied more than 2.7 million Twitter followers to convince the NBA to add him to the roster.

Other celebrity participants include singer Ne-Yo; rapper-actor Common; "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor J.B. Smoove; comedian Kevin Hart; "The Voice" champion Javier Colon; and "Property Brothers" stars Drew and Jonathan Scott.

Among the former NBA players participating are Mitch Richmond, Penny Hardaway and Nick Anderson.

Dwight Howard of the host Orlando Magic and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder will coach the two celebrity squads.

Nicki Minaj will sing a medley of her hits as the players are announced to the crowd.

Minaj is part of a celebrity lineup for the All-Star Game, to be held Feb. 26 in Orlando. Mary J. Blige will sing the U.S. national anthem and the group Neverest will sing the Canadian anthem.

Pitbull, along with Ne-Yo and Nayer, will perform during the halftime show.

Will.i.am, Flo Rida and Colon are expected to perform Feb. 25 at All-Star pregame events.

At last year's NBA All-Star celebrity game, Justin Bieber won the Most Valuable Player award.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.