While the Grammys are typically a celebratory occasion, it is incredibly difficult to proceed with business as usual amid the recent news that Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore passed away this morning.
Many celebrities have showed an outpouring of love and support on social media and the red carpet, and Alicia Keys just gave a moving tribute to Kobe and Gianna at the top of the show.
After Lizzo performed, Alicia stepped onstage and said, "Earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we're literally standing here heartbroken in the house [Staples Center] that Kobe Bryant built." (Of course, Kobe is most known for being a legendary basketball player, winning five NBA championships and playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.)
And in a move that brought multiple people in the audience to tears, Alicia brought out Boys II Men and said, "We never imagined in a million years we'd have to start the show like this. So we wanted to do something that could describe, a tiny bit, how we all feel right now." Together, they all performed "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" in honor of the victims of the crash.
Before the awards show began, Harvey Mason Jr., the interim Recording Academy CEO, led everyone in a moment of silence. The Staples Center also flew the flags at half-mast and streamed an in memoriam during the red carpet.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.