Simply hours after information broke that Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 others died in a helicopter crash close to Los Angeles, the music neighborhood got here collectively at Los Angeles’ Staples Middle for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Within the stadium residence of the Lakers, with whom Bryant performed for his complete profession, his two retired numbers, eight and 24, have been lit up in tribute. Outdoors the sector, followers gathered to mourn the loss.
The present kicked off with a efficiency from Lizzo, the evening’s most-nominated artist, who paid tribute to Bryant earlier than launching right into a medley. “Tonight is for Kobe,” she stated, then started her music “Cuz I Love You,” which begins with the lyrics, “I’m crying ‘cuz I like you.”
Alicia Keys, the night’s host, adopted with a subdued and heartfelt speech. “To be trustworthy with you, we’re all feeling loopy disappointment proper now, as a result of earlier right this moment Los Angeles, America and the entire extensive world misplaced a hero,” she stated, visibly shaken. “Proper now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all these which have been tragically misplaced right this moment are in our spirit, are in our hearts, are in our prayers, they’re on this constructing.”
She then was joined by Boyz II Males for an a capella efficiency of “It’s So Arduous to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” “Music — it’s probably the most therapeutic factor on this planet,” Keys added. “So let’s get some therapeutic happening.”
Only a few minutes later, an emotional Lizzo used her time onstage to just accept an award to additionally remind viewers of the significance of connection. “All my little issues I assumed have been large because the world are gone,” she stated. “I notice there are individuals hurting proper now… Let’s proceed to succeed in out, maintain one another down and elevate one another up.”
Later within the broadcast, in one other gesture to the basketball legend, a performer held up a Kobe Bryant jersey onstage whereas Aerosmith and Run-DMC sang their remixed model of “Stroll This Method.”
Just a few moments after, Bryant’s jersey as soon as once more made a silent assertion: this time it was draped over a lounge chair as a part of the set for Lil Nas X’s star-studded “Outdated City Street” efficiency. The younger rapper, who’s up for Greatest New Artist amongst different awards, sang the primary part of his record-breaking music with the jersey prominently displayed subsequent to him.
Throughout a tribute to late rapper Nipsey Hussle that includes stars like Meek Mill and John Legend, DJ Khaled closed out the efficiency by shouting out to each the artist and Kobe Bryant; Bryant’s face was projected alongside Nipsey’s behind the stage.
And as Alicia Keys ended the evening after awarding the ultimate prizes, she as soon as extra introduced consideration to Bryant, concluding the night with the famous person’s reminiscence and calling for assist for his household. All through a present of blended highs and lows, the shock of Bryant’s passing ran as a sobering thread as his many celeb followers and associates simply began to return to phrases with the tragedy.