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The 62nd annual Grammy Awards opened Sunday with a touching tribute to NBA superstar Kobe Bryant is just a couple of hours after the much loved sportsman, was killed in a helicopter crash.
“Tonight is for Kobe,” the singer Lizzo told the crowd, before she began to sing along to an energetic performance of her hit song, “I Love You.”
The Host Alicia Keys on stage to answer questions from the viewers to keep Bryant, 41, and his daughter, Gianna, and other victims of the helicopter crash that took their lives on Sunday in their prayers.
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In this June 7, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles, california. Bryant, the 18-time LEAGUE All-Star who has won five national championships, and was one of the greatest players of his generation and over a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, has died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Feb. 26, by the year 2020.
“Well, here we are, together, the music is the biggest night to celebrate the artists that do it best. But, to be honest, we all love the feeling of sadness right now, because earlier today a Los Angeles, california, united states and the whole world lost a hero. We have been literally broken into the house that Kobe Bryant built on,” Keys said.
The singer then goes on to say, “now it’s Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, and for all of those who were tragically lost today, in our minds, in our hearts and in our prayers, and they are in the building. I would like to ask that everyone just take a moment and keep it inside of you, and share our strength, and our support for their families. We never thought in a million years would we have to get to the start of the show, like this one. Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never. So, we had to do something that would be able to describe a little bit how we are feeling all of them right now.”
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Keys are then joined on stage by Boyz II men, who sang, “It’s So Hard to say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
The Host, Alicia Keys speaks on stage at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, usa.
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She reminded the audience at the Staples Center, the music, the one thing that can bring the world together in such a sad time.
“We’re going to sing together, we laugh together, we’re going to dance together, we cry together, we’ll bring it all together, and we’re going to make sure that we are getting ready to celebrate the most powerful energy, the one thing that has the power to keep us all together and that’s music.”
The Camera then panned to Bryant, a retired Los Angeles Lakers jerseys show, of his retirement, the numbers 24 and 8. Bryant is one of the greatest NBA players of all time and a superstar who transcended the sport, was killed in a fiery helicopter crash in California on Sunday. He was 41.
At a pre-awards show ceremony on Sunday, Interim Recording Academy, CEO of Harvey Mason, Jr., opened the ceremony by dozens of grammys were handed out before the big show, he told the people, “As most of you may know, we have lost to Kobe Bryant in a tragic chopper crash today.”
“Since we have been in the house, and I would like to ask you to join me in a moment of silence,” Mason said.
The artists that are coming to the stock market reacted to Bryant’s death, and his influence.
Blues artist and grammy nominee Keb’ Mo’ as they are called Bryant’s death is an enormous loss.”
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“He’s a great role model,” Keb’ Mo’ said.
The british artist, Labrinth said: “It was crazy news to hear this morning. He has been a part of my life for a very long period of time. … And I couldn’t believe it.”
Fox News is Ryan Gaydos and the Associated Press contributed to this report.