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Today, the world was saddened by a bleak news: the basketball player Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter accident. , thirteen-year-old daughter and other companions also died instantly. And on the night in which a new edition of the Grammy Awards is celebrated, nothing less than in “the house of Kobe Bryant”, which is the Los Angeles Lakers -the Staples Center-, the opening words were of respect and condolences to this loss.
Singer Lizzo, in charge of opening the ceremony with a musical number, before singing the first stanzas of the now mythical “Cuz I Love You” said: “This is by Kobe“. Later, the hostess Alicia Keys , took the floor and in , inaugural address , also expressed himself about Bryant's death.
In front of everyone present, Keys said:We all feel very sad because earlier today, Los Angeles and everyone lost a hero. We are literally here with a broken heart, in the house that Kobe Bryant built. Kobe and , daughter are in our spirit and in our hearts, and I would like to ask you to take a moment to hug them and share our support for their families. We never thought we would start the show like that. ”
After those words, and before a visibly moved audience, Alicia Keys sang along with Boys II Men the piece “It´s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” (Jason Mraz). After that emotional moment, Keys concluded:We love you Kobe, you were an extraordinary man. We will cry, dance and love, and we are sure that we will have a beautiful energy here because that makes music, which is the most healing thing in the world“.