Choosing 'past-it' Sting angers rap fans in Canada

Sting is to headline NBA's All-Star game
Sting is to headline NBA's All-Star game

He's won 16 Grammy Awards, has a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2003: but Sting, apparently, is no match for Canadian rapper Drake.

This was the verdict of Canadian basketball fans.  Many were hoping that local rapper Drake, who is  the Toronto Raptor's global ambassador, would headline the All-Star half-time show, and were outraged when the National Basketball Association announced that they'd chosen the English singer instead.

Almost immediately, Twitter  was in a frenzy with complaints. Many lamented the lack of support for homegrown talent:

Some took the opportunity to insult other English exports:

While others pointed out that Sting, now in his Sixties, is a bit past-it:

 A similar incident recently happened in Toronto, when American rapper Kanye West was chosen to perform at the closing ceremony of the Pan American Games. 

Drake, whose success has been growing since the release of his number one debut album Thank Me Later in 2010, will nonetheless be present at the match as the coach of Team Canada, and the entertainment lineup does include some local talent: Canadian pop and R'n'B singer Nelly Furtado will sing the national anthem, while Montréal-based acrobatic troupe Cirque de Soleil will perform as part of the festivities culminating in the introduction of the players before tip-off on Feb. 14.