Alicia Keys Opens Grammys With Kobe Tribute


Sunday’s Grammy Awards kicked off on a somber note after news of Kobe Bryant’s death rocked the whole world. Alicia Keys, this year’s host, took the stage and paid tribute to the fallen legendary Lakers basketball player who played for 20 years in the Staples Center where the event was taking place.

Keys started the show by saying that everybody is feeling crazy sadness for losing a hero. She said everybody is heartbroken in Staples Center at that moment, which she referred to as the house that Kobe Bryant built. According to her, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and those who were with them, are in their hearts and prayers. She then asked everybody to take a moment to hold these people inside of them and to share strength and support with the families left behind. Keys added that they never imagined starting the show that way, not in a million years.

After which, the host sang “It’s Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” and Boyz II Men joined in to deliver an acapella of the said song. Keys said, “We love you, Kobe”, as the basketball star’s jerseys, nos. 8 and 24, hang above the arena.

Keys then turned everybody’s attention to the present by reminding them why they were there in the first place and that is to sing, laugh, dance, cry, and bring it all together to celebrate the most beautiful and powerful thing in the world which is music.

The host then introduced the second performers of the night, lovebirds Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. Lizzo also kept everybody’s adrenaline pumping as she performed her hits and after saying that the night was all for the legendary basketball player.

This is actually Keys’ second stint as Grammys host. She was host last year as well and used the chance to bring out some of her influential friends at the start of the show such as Jada Pinkett Smith, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and former first lady Michelle Obama who all talked about how music created an impact in their lives.


Last year, many were impressed by Alicia Keys as host of the Grammys. After all, who can ever forget how she performed not just with one piano but two?