After the devastating news of the death of basketball player Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old Gianna yesterday. Alicia Keys opened the Grammys with a soulful songs decide for last sports star.
The Grammy Awards took place last night at the STAPLES Centre which is the home of the LA Lakers – the team Bryant played his whole 20-season basketball career for.
Singer Alicia Keys emotionally speaks of the death of 41-year-old Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter and how they never thought they would have to open the Grammys like this.
Keys goes on to say who they were also literally sat in ‘the house Kobe Bryant built’.
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 Angles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. Now we’re literally standing her heartbreak on in the house Kobe Bryant built. Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those who have been tragically lost today, they’re in our spirits, they’re in our hearts, they’re in our prayers, they’re in this building, and I’d like to ask everybody to just take a moment and hold them inside of you and share our strength and support with their families. We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this; never, never, never, never, never, never. So, we wanted to do something to describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now.
The 39-year-old singer then begins to sing Boyz II Men’s It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye and as she does the band themselves come on stage to join Keys as the four of them sing a beautiful a capella version of the song.