Tragically coinciding with the evening of the 2020 Grammy Awards came the news that basketball star and sporting legend, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna and seven other passengers sadly lost their lives in a helicopter crash just hours before. The awards were held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, Kobe's sporting home during his incredible two-decade long career with the LA Lakers.
Many celebrities paid tribute to the basketball hero in their red carpet interviews, and Nick Jonas, along with his two brothers, even cancelled a number of their interviews out of respect for the late sportsman.
Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra opted for a visual tribute, by painting the number 24 on one of her nails in reference to Kobe's jersey number for the LA Lakers.
The former BAZAAR cover star also shared an emotional message on Instagram just hours before the red carpet event, writing, "His legacy is so much bigger than basketball... I’m shook and so saddened."
"Being at tonight’s Grammys ceremony in his home at the Staples Center is going to be surreal."
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Kobe Bryant was my first real introduction to the NBA. I was 13 living in Queens NYC, the same age as his sweet little girl, Gianna. He ignited my love for the sport, competition, and striving for excellence. He inspired an entire generation. His legacy is so much bigger than basketball. This heartbreaking accident also took the life of his young daughter, Gianna. I’m shook and so saddened. My heart goes out to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant. You are in my thoughts. Also sending my condolences to the loved ones of the other families and pilot in the accident. Being at tonight’s Grammys ceremony in his home at the Staples Center is going to be surreal. #RIP #KobeBryant #ripmamba
Priyanka's husband, Nick, along with his brothers also paid tribute to Kobe's legacy by sporting purple ribbons on their suits, in reference to the iconic Lakers kit.
Images courtesy of Instagram/PriyankaChopra