The Grammy Awards ceremony was marked by tears, sadness, and pain over the tragic death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. The ceremony took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the LA Lakers, where Bryant played all 20 seasons of his career.
Singer Alicia Keys, who was hosting the awards ceremony, dedicated the show to Bryant and sang the song “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” along with Boys II Men, while the pop star Lizzo opened the evening with the ballad ‘Cuz I Love You’, and the words “Tonight is for Kobe.”
“To be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now. We are all feeling crazy sad tonight, but earlier today, Los Angeles America, the whole wide world, lost a hero, and we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” said Alicia referring to the Staples Center.
The stars performed and received awards as the video wall featured jerseys with the numbers 8 and 24 that Kobe wore throughout his magnificent career.
The highlight of the evening was a performance by Demi Lovato. The singer failed to hold back tears, and her performance made the audience also cry.
Demi Lovato returned to the stage last night for the first time since she overdosed on the summer of 2018. Although she made a mistake at the beginning of the performance and started from scratch, Lovato performed the song “Anyone” triumphantly, followed by a standing ovation from the audience that was moved by the emotion.
The 27-year-old singer shared on her Instagram profile a picture from her performance that she captioned with: “What an unbelievable night. My first time back on stage in almost 2 years. So emotional for me. Thank you all for the love, support and for sharing this moment with me. I love you all”.
“Anyone” is the first song Demi recorded after an overdose and is an insight into everything the singer went through on the eve of that horrific event.