WATCH: Hours After His Death, Kobe Bryant Honored At Grammys

WATCH: Hours After His Death, Kobe Bryant Honored At Grammys

The helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter occurred mere hours and miles away from the Staples Center, where the Grammys were set to be held on Sunday and where he played so many games as a Los Angeles Laker. The basketball legend was honored immediately during the broadcast.

Opening performer Lizzo started her set by shouting “Tonight is for Kobe,” then belted the poignant first lines of “Cuz I Love You.”

Host Alicia Keys followed suit, dedicating her entire opening monologue to Bryant’s memory. “We are literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” she said.

Boyz II Men joined Keys on stage for an a cappella rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye.”

A spotlight illuminated Bryant’s retired jerseys, hanging above the crowd.

Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at The Federalist. You can follow her on Twitter @emilyjashinsky .
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