- "We're all feeling crazy sadness right now," said Lizzo
- Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant
- Kobe Bryant died on Sunday
Top nominee Lizzo kicked off the 2020 Grammys on Monday with a tribute to the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, before launching into a rousing medley of her hits. "Tonight is for Kobe," shouted the 31-year-old, who has already won two awards in the pre-gala event that led into music's marquee night.
Kobe Bryant - a hero for Los Angeles who played for the Lakers in the Staples Center, where the Grammys are being held - died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day, along with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter.
After a glittering performance of Truth Hurts and Cuz I Love You, which featured ballerinas, orchestras and the artist's signature flute skills - Lizzo passed the torch to Grammy host Alicia Keys who offered another moving tribute to Bryant.
"We're all feeling crazy sadness right now. Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero," she said.
"And we're literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built," said Alicia Keys, before launching into a soulful rendition of It's So Hard to Say Goodbye with the group Boyz II Men.
Top contenders at Monday's glam gala include Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X.
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