The 2020 Grammy Awards opened on a sombre note as host Alicia Keys brought out Boyz II Men to pay tribute to NBA star Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.
Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, where the 62nd Grammy Awards were held on Sunday night. The first performer of the night, Lizzo, kicked off the evening by declaring, “Tonight is for Kobe.”
Grammys host Alicia Keys followed Lizzo with a touching remembrance, noting in her opening monologue that
“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.”
Boyz II Men then joined to Keys on stage for an a cappella version of their 1991 hit “It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” Watch the moment below.
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people who died in the crash in Calabasas, Calif.