The Grammy Awards happened yesterday — but for many, the festivities were overshadowed by the shocking and tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, after their helicopter crashed that morning.
Making things even more emotional, the Grammys are being held at the Staples Center — the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, and the place where Bryant spent all 20 years of his NBA career.
Alicia Keys is hosting tonight’s show, and when she took the stage, she had some powerful words to share about the legendary athlete.
“Here we are together on music’s biggest night, celebrating the artists that do it best,” she said. “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,” she said to applause.
“Right now, Kobe, and his daughter Gianna, and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirits, they’re in our hearts, they’re in our prayers, they’re in this building.”
Alicia then asked the audience to “share our strength and support” with the victims’ families:
“We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this. Never, never, never, never, never. So we wanted to do something that could describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now.”
Boyz II Men then joined Alicia Keys onstage, and they sang a heartbreaking a cappella rendition of their song, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
You can watch the powerful performance below:
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