'The Whole Wide World Lost A Hero': Alicia Keys Pays Tribute To Kobe Bryant At Grammys
Alicia Keys has mourned the loss of basketball legend Kobe Bryant in her opening monologue for the 62nd Grammy Awards.
Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among the nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, just hours before the Grammys kicked off.
The ceremony has been marked by a sombre mood, especially given that it is being held at the Staples Centre in Downtown Los Angeles -- the Lakers home stadium known as "the house that Kobe built".
Following an opening performance by Lizzo, Keys stepped out on stage and immediately acknowledged the tragedy on everyone's minds.
"Here we are together on music’s biggest night, celebrating the artists that do it best 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," she said.
"We’re literally standing here in the house that Kobe Bryant built," she added, saying that Kobe and his daughter Gianna and the other victims were who tragically lost "are in our spirit, in our prayers, in this building".
Keys asked everyone present at the Grammys to "take a moment and hold them inside you and share our strength and support with their families".
She added that the unfathomable news was not something that organisers expected "in a million years" but that they wanted to do something to "describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now".
Keys was then joined on stage by Boyz II Men and the group sang an a capella version of their song "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday".
It's expected that tributes to Bryant will continue throughout the ceremony.
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