'Devastated': Billie Eilish Reacts To Kobe Bryant's Death On Grammys Red Carpet
Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and several others were killed when his private helicopter crashed in Calabasas. He was 41.
With the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards taking places at Los Angeles' Staples Centre -- the home of many of Kobe Bryant's basketball games -- fans have gathered outside the arena to pay tribute to the NBA legend, while stars such as Billie Eilish, Diplo and Rick Ross remembered Bryant on the red carpet and during the ceremony.
Prior to the televised section of the Grammys, Interim Recording Academy chief and board chair Harvey Mason also led the audience in a moment of silence for Bryant, while producers are “working quickly” to put together a tribute for the late star.
Several celebs in attendance of the award show also paid homage to the late sports star while talking to reporters on the red carpet, as well as in their outfits -- with singer Lizzo painting tiny '8's on her fingernails and actress Sibley Scoles drawing the numbers 24 and 8 written on her arm in reference to Bryant's jersey numbers.
Artists speaking to red carpet reporters expressed their sadness over Bryant's tragic death, with Rick Ross saying, "I didn't believe it... but I think the true champion that Kobe was, he would want us to celebrate his legacy. I think that’s the star of the night."
Billie Eilish, who is up for a whopping six awards, echoed Ross' sentiment, telling Variety she was "devastated" over the loss of Bryant.
"It's f***ing crazy. I don't know. I feel like anything I say is not enough for what's going on. My love to his family and everyone he knows," she added.
Diplo also spoke to E! News as he arrived on the red carpet, telling reporters he "didn't believe" the news at first. "He transcends iconic, he's going to live forever. In this building, you have so much creative energy and even an athlete like him—that's a creative genius. He's one of us," he added.
Outside the Grammys after the tragic news first broke, fans, celebrities, and fellow sporting legends flocked to social media to express their shock and sadness over the Los Angeles Lakers player's sudden death.
Many failed to find the words to express their disbelief over the situation, with Chrissy Teigen tweeting, "I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god," while rapper Cardi B simply wrote: "F***n terrible 😪".
Others extended condolences to Bryant's wife Vanessa and their four children, with actress Debra Messing writing that she was "praying they are all with their mom [sic] Vanessa".
Fellow sportsmen, including basketball player Dennis Rodman, football player Tom Brady, sprinter Usain Bolt and NBA great Scottie Pippen also penned tributes to Bryant in wake of his shock death.
“Damn. RIP Mamba. May your memory be a blessing,” Mark Cuban wrote on Twitter, with Pippen adding that he was “stunned” over Bryant’s death.
Even controversial US president Donald Trump weighed in on the tragedy, tweeting, "Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!"
Our thoughts are with Bryant's family during this sad time.