Sunday’s music award show the Grammys (cover photo) was dominated by the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Courtesy of Flickr
Arts & Entertainment Editor
A somber atmosphere blanketed the 2020 Grammys.
Hours after Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others died in a helicopter crash, Sunday night’s Grammys set aside time to remember the basketball legend in word and song.
After Lizzo devoted the night to Kobe during her opening number, Alicia Keys, Grammys host, took a moment to express loss and mourn his death.
“Right now Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all those who have been tragically lost today are in our spirits, our hearts, our prayers,” she said.
Keys then slipped into an acapella tribute to Bryant, and Boyz II Men joined her on stage for harmonies as they sang in mourning.
The next hours were filled with mellow, aching pieces, full of soul and a realization that life is meaningful.
Camila Cabello sang a heartfelt tribute to her father, naming him as the first love in her life as childhood photos flashed behind her.
Demi Lovato performed “Anyone” for the first time, breaking off at the beginning to collect herself and take a few jagged breaths. “Anyone,” written before her overdose, was a powerful ballad pulling at the depths of her being as she sang about self-hatred, doubt and hopelessness.
Throughout the evening, artist after artist recognized Bryant and devoted their music to the professional basketball player.
“Rest in peace Kobe Bryant,” Khalid said.
The music community mourns the loss of Kobe, and his death reverberates across the nation.