The production prepared a tribute that was improvised and at the same time organic: Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men sang in a cappello “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” in a gospel tone
“We never imagined that we would start the award in this way,” singer Alicia Keys said with sad sadness when she began the presentation of the Grammy Awards this Sunday after the sudden death of Kobe Bryant in a plane crash.
Just hours after the start of the award, the production prepared a tribute that was improvised and at the same time organic: Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men sang in a cappello “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” in a gospel tone.
The artists sitting at the gala could not hide the crying and saddened faces of that solemn moment, while in the distance they focused the shirts with the numbers 24 and 8 used by the prominent NBA player right in that stadium where the awards ceremony is held , at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“Music is what can best heal in the world,” Keys reiterated in his beautiful voice.
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“We are literally standing here with a broken heart in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” said Alicia Keys referring to the Lakers house.
The 62 edition of the Grammy began at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (USA) with a party that was overshadowed by the death in a helicopter accident of basketball legend and star Angelina Kobe Bryant.
“Tonight is for Kobe,” Lizzo said before starting the gala’s inaugural performance.
Alicia Keys is for the second consecutive year the presenter of these awards, whose previous gala and red carpet were dominated by comments of sadness and homage to the late former Los Angeles Lakers player.
The fact that the Staples Center, where the Grammys are held today, is also the Los Angeles Lakers stadium contributed to today mixing the atmosphere of celebration of the Recording Academy awards with the laments and tears of fans of Bryant who gathered around the enclosure to remember his figure.
In the strictly musical, Lizzo with eight nominations, followed by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, who have six mentions per head, are the main favorites for the Grammy.