2020 GRAMMYs 'In Memoriam' Honors Stars We Lost This Year Amid Tributes to Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle
The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards took a moment to share some love and respect for the music stars who died over the past year, leaving behind incomparable legacies, including NBA icon Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic accident hours before the ceremony.
Toward the end of the performance-packed evening, the GRAMMYs paid tribute to the many music stars the world lost over the last year. Among those honored in the charged segment were Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer busbee, surf rock icon and legendary guitarist Dick Dale, and rapper Juice Wrld, who died of a drug overdose in December.
Groundbreaking musicians and influential artists Robert Hunter, Dr. John, Leon Redbone, Neil Peart and Keith Flint were also remembered during the emotional segment, as well as Doris Day, Ginger Lee and Eddie Money, to name just a few.
The video montage was followed by an upbeat performance from Trombone Shorty and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who honored those we've lost with a memorable number in the style of a New Orleans-esque celebration of their lives and legacies.
Earlier in the evening, host Alicia Keys had the difficult job of opening the show under the heavy shadow of Bryant's death and made sure to dedicate the entire opening as a tribute to the NBA star.
"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," Keys said, fighting back tears. "And we're standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built."
Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday morning. He was 41.
The "Girl on Fire" singer said of Bryant, his daughter, and the others who lost their lives, "They are in our hearts, they are in our spirits, they are in our prayers... I'd like to ask everyone to take a minute and hold them inside of you."
The singer explained that she and the producers never imagined they'd have to open the show this way, but wanted to do something special to honor Bryant's memory. To that end, Keys was joined by Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men for a powerful and meaningful performance of their 1991 hit, "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
Additional tributes to Bryant were featured throughout the night, including a surprising and heartfelt shout-out during a star-studded musical performance honoring Nipsey Hussle, who was tragically shot and killed in Los Angeles last March, at the age of 33.
Hussle earned his first-ever GRAMMY at this year's show, posthumously earning the award for Best Rap Performance for his hit, "Racks in the Middle," featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy.
See the video below for more on Bryant's untimely death, and the outpouring of condolences and heartbreak in the wake of the tragedy.
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