Grammys 2020: Host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men pay heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna
Host Alicia Keys paid a heartfelt tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna during the 62nd annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on Sunday night.
The father and daughter passed away in a helicopter crash just a few hours before the Grammy Awards could commence. Alicia kicked off the night with an emotional tribute to the NBA legend and fans claim that there couldn't be anyone else better to host the award ceremony and honor Kobe.
She started off her tribute saying, “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. We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built."
Continuing she added, "Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those who have been tragically lost today are in our hearts.” After her heartfelt speech, Alicia was joined by Boyz II Men and performed their song 'It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday'.
Taking to Twitter, fans affirmed that no one else could have carried out the tribute the way Alicia did. "Nobody could have carried this show like @aliciakeys is doing. Getting us through the terrible loss of Kobe, the Grammy @RecordingAcad scandals and all the different types of music people in the audience. She is PERFECT! #GRAMMYs," a fan shared.
"Only @aliciakeys could hold everyone together like this when the air is so heavy. She is such a magical soul @RecordingAcad. She should host everything. #KobeRIP #GRAMMYs #MusicIsLife," wrote a fan.
Adding to that another said, "Can Alicia Keys please just always come and speak soothing words to us in times of sorrow? She's like a warm hug in human form and I love her. #GRAMMYs @aliciakeys."
"#GRAMMYs thank you @aliciakeys and @BoyzIIMen for that moving tribute to @kobebryant I cried. A lot. Thank you for this amazing night," a fan wrote. While another said, "@aliciakeys is a queen! Compassionately and authentically honouring @kobebryant and navigating the sorrow in the hearts of everyone. #GRAMMYAwards2020 #GRAMMYs."
Kobe and his daughter Gianna were two amongst the nine people who passed away after a helicopter crash in Calabasas.