WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Alicia Keys delivered a moving monologue to pay homage to Kobe Bryant during the Grammys on Monday.
- The 42-year old former LA Lakers superstar died along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
- Keys, who said that the world lost a hero, sang a powerful acapella rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” alongside Boyz II Men who originally recorded the song.
Singer host Alicia Keys took the stage of the 62nd Grammys to deliver a moving monologue to honor Kobe Bryant who passed away in a fatal helicopter crash.
The 41-year old basketball star died along with his daughter Gianna and seven others were in an S-76 helicopter when it crashed in Calabasas, California around 10 am Sunday morning.
Stunning in a form-fitting chrome dress, Keys began her speech while artists were gathered to celebrate music industry’s biggest night, the whole world lost a hero.
“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. We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” the second-time Grammys host emotionally started.
Keys continued, “Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all those tragically lost today are in our spirits, in our hearts, in our prayers, and they’re in this building. I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside of you and share our strength and support with their families.”
The award-winning singer tearfully added that they never imagined in a million years that they would have to start the show like this and they wanted to do something to describe how they feel right now.
The touching monologue was ended with Key’s powerful acapella rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” alongside Boyz II Men who originally recorded the song.
Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna are survived by his wife Vanessa and three daughters.