It was just by sheer chance that Kobe Bryant would be honored at Staples center when the Grammys were set to start at the Staples Center mere hours after the announcement of his death.
Many artists on this night paid tribute to the fallen Lakers legend, but he wasn’t the only one to be recognized on this night.
During a set that had John Legend, DJ Khaled and many more, a huge picture was put up showing Kobe Bryant and slain rapper Nipsey Hussle as both of their lives were tragically ended way too soon.
“Here we are together, on music’s biggest night, celebrating the artists that do it best,” Keys said to the crowd. “But to be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now. Because earlier today—Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here, heartbroken, in the house that Kobe Bryant built.
“Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirit, in our hearts, in our prayers, in this building — and I’d like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside of you, and share our strength and our support with their families. We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this. So we wanted to do something that could describe a tiny bit how we feel right now.”
Kobe was just 41 years old. His daughter Gigi was just 13-years-old.