The Grammys were filled with emotional tributes for Kobe Bryant

Jan 27 2020, 1:00 pm

On Sunday morning, news broke that Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, passed away in a helicopter crash.

The 41-year-old was travelling in his private helicopter, with three others. LA Country Sheriffs later confirmed that there were five fatalities in the crash, including Gianna Maria Ono, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter.

Later that night, the biggest names in the music industry took to Los Angeles for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, which, fittingly enough, was held at Staples Center — the Lakers’ home arena. The evening was filled with tributes from artists and performers who mourned the loss of the basketball star and father.

During the entire night, both Bryant’s retired jerseys, number eight and 24, were raised and lit in the rafters of the Staples Center.

Alicia Keys, who hosted the awards ceremony, began the night with a monologue and a performance with Boyz II Men.

A number of artists also dedicated their performances to the basketball legend, including Lizzo, Lil Nas X, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, and YG.

Other celebrities who didn’t perform but were also in attendance at the Grammys, found smaller ways to pay homage to Bryant.

Outside of the stadium, hundreds of people gathered around to pay their respect, including Quinn Cook, a current Los Angeles Lakers point guard.

Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three children: Natalia, Bianka, and newborn Capri.