The music world turned the start of this year’s Grammy Awards event into a mini-memorial for Kobe Bryant, who was eliminated in a helicopter crash previously in the day.
With the market’s biggest stars collected at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, where Bryant frequently delighted Lakers fans and commemorated a number of his profession achievements, the opening minutes of the program included an efficiency by Lizzo devoted to Bryant, and a partnership by Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men likewise honoring the NBA icon.
The CBS video cameras cut to the arena’s upper deck, where Bryant’s retired Nos. 8 and 24 are being brightened throughout the program.
KOBE BRYANT, 1978-2020: Sports world responds to death of basketball legend
Keys ended up the sector with a short speech revealing unhappiness.
” We’re actually standing here, sad, in your house that Kobe Bryant constructed” – Alicia Keys from the Staples Center, where Bryant’s retired 8 and 24 jerseys await the rafters #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/t5tyXZTULI
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 27,2020
There were homages to Bryant outside Staples Center. Mourners set up a little shrine in the hours leading up to the program.
This is the scene beyond STAPLES Center today. Fans were informed not to crowd outside the Grammys, however it simply does not matter.
Losing Kobe Bryant in a disaster like this is among the most heartbreaking things that might ever take place to the city of Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/os8EZWXOAL
— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) January 27,2020
Just surreal at Staples Center – Kobe’s face on every screen as numerous individuals appear to simply wish to be someplace they can weep together. : The Grammys are here this evening so there is the odd individual roaming around in a tuxedo.
None of this feels genuine. pic.twitter.com/esukv1yNZs
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 26,2020
Bryant and his 13- year-old child, Gianna, apparently were amongst 9 individuals eliminated when the helicopter in which they were riding crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, Calif., Sunday early morning regional time.