Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Priyanka Chopra and More Paid Tribute To Kobe Bryant at the Grammys
Condolences came in from fans, colleagues, and more after news of Kobe Bryant's death was reported on Jan. 26. A makeshift memorial appeared at the Staples Center not long after the announcement and at tonight's Grammy Awards, Lizzo offered viewers the opportunity to reflect on the tragedy of Bryant's passing by dedicating the night to the late basketball star during her opening performance.
"Tonight is for Kobe," she said as both of his retired jerseys, No. 8 and No. 24, were illuminated above her. Glamour notes that they'll be lit all night as a tribute.
Alicia Keys also had a few words as she presented, saying, "Here we are together, on music's biggest night, celebrating the artists that do it best. But, to be honest, we are all feeling crazy sadness. Because earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. We're literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built." And Boyz II Men performed "Hard to Say Goodbye" in honor of Bryant.
Priyanka Chopra had another tribute. Her manicure featured a number 24 and, according to Page Six, Nick Jonas wore a purple ribbon on his lapel.
Though an investigation is still underway, many outlets reported that Bryant's helicopter crashed in Calabassas, Calif., amidst foggy conditions. A fire broke out in the helicopter, which caused the pilot to lose control. Bryant was among the five passengers, which included his daughter, Gianna, and CNN reports that there were no survivors.
"In many ways, he was the Los Angeles Lakers. When you think of Kobe Bryant, it's sports, but it's more than sports. He was part of our culture, Olympic teams, Hollywood, the father of four daughters," Christine Brennan, CNN's sports analyst, said.
Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters, Natalia, 17; Bianka, 3; and 7-month-old Capri