Gathering in the very stadium where he built his legendary basketball career, stars came together for the 62nd Grammy Awards just hours after news broke that NBA star Kobe Bryant died in a tragic helicopter accident. He was among several passengers who died in the crash, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant.
His presence loomed over Grammy attendees as they celebrated music’s biggest night in the Staples Center, the home stadium of the Los Angeles Lakers. Read through to see how his legacy was honoured during the 2020 Grammys, whether on-stage or through social media.
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“Tonight is for Kobe,” Lizzo said at the beginning of her opening performance before launching into her hit song “Cuz I Love You.”
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 27, 2020
Earlier in the night, CBS’s Keltie Knight noted that the Grammy nominee would not be taking any interviews on the red carpet due to Bryant’s passing. Lizzo also posted a picture of the athlete on her Instagram before the awards ceremony.