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“We’re Standing in the House That Kobe Built”: Celebrities Lead Tributes to Kobe Bryant at the 2020 Grammy Awards

It was an emotional night.

The 2020 Grammy Awards are officially underway in Los Angeles. And although the night is usually one for unbridled celebration, tonight’s ceremony is unfolding under different circumstances following today’s news that basketball legend Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash, alongside his 13-year old daughter Gianna. The awards are being held in the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, which so many stars on the red carpet referred to as “Kobe’s house”, so it’s fitting that the industry is paying tribute to the iconic player.

See some of the most touching tributes to Kobe Bryant from tonight’s ceremony:

Alicia Keys’ opening speech

Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men’s tribute song

Lizzo begins her opener by saying “Tonight is for Kobe”

Run DMC held up Kobe’s jersey during their duet with Aerosmith

Lil Nas X placed Kobe’s jersey into his performance set

John Legend, DJ Khaled, YG, Roddy Rich and Meek Mill acknowledged Kobe during a tribute medley for Nipsey Hussle

And ICYMI, Priyanka Chopra’s subtle nail tribute to the legendary #24