Host Alicia Keys said she “never ever” thought she’d need to open the Grammys the manner in which she did. Following the heartbreaking updates on his passing, Kobe Bryant was respected at the Grammys on Sunday night at the Staples Center — where he’d played for the Los Angeles Lakers all through his celebrated 20-year professional vocation — by everybody from Keys and Lizzo to Lil Nas X and Run-DMC. The ball legend and his girl Gianna (“Gigi”), 13, were among the individuals who passed on in a helicopter crash close Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26. He was 41.
Keys’ opening monolog started on a dismal note, recognizing the “insane pity” encompassing the “hero’s” demise. “We’re actually remaining here devastated in the house that Kobe Bryant constructed,” she said. To “portray a small piece how we as a whole vibe at the present time,” the vocalist brought Boyz II Men on the phase for a version of the gathering’s 1991 hit, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
Before she commenced the night’s exhibitions, Lizzo committed her variety of “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts,” to Bryant, proclaiming, “This evening is for Kobe.” During the vocalist’s Best Pop Solo Performance acknowledgment discourse, she noticed that she understood her anxieties paving the way to the entertainment expo appeared to be insignificant. Recognizing that there are “individuals harming at the present time,” she included, “How about we keep on connecting, hold each other down and lift each other up.”
Lil Nas X paid tribute to Kobe Bryant at the 2020 Grammys.
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Afterward, during a mashup execution of “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith, Run-DMC held up Bryant’s Lakers shirt in reverence to the late competitor. Lil’ Nas X took action accordingly, starting his “Old Town Road” execution with Bryant’s no. 24 pullover noticeably threw over a seat.
At that point, to finish off the Grammys’ Nipsey Hussle tribute from Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, and YG, an enormous photograph of Bryant was shown beside a fix of the late rapper. Khaled, who’d quite recently got done with performing “Higher,” his and Legend’s joint effort with Hussle, yelled out the two men, just as Bryant’s little girl, Gigi.
In a matter of seconds before the entertainment pageant went live, Grammys makers had affirmed to Billboard that they were “working rapidly” to add a tribute to Bryant into service. On honorary pathway, superstars, including Common, H.E.R., Khaled, Trevor Noah, Diplo, and Smokey Robinson were among the individuals who memorialized Bryant to E! News have Ryan Seacrest.