LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Alicia Keys performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

I thought Alicia Keys did a great job authentically navigating her Grammy hosting duties after the news of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.  Watch as she sings about the night’s nominees with her remix of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved.”


Alicia Keys posted her performance on Instagram with the caption:

“Tonight was tough but we made it through. Tonight felt like a roller coaster and we were connected through it all. I felt your energy tonight like no other. I can’t even express how I feel right now. So much love. Let’s hold each other close. Life is too short and unexpected. Kobe and Gianna lifted us up tonight. Strength, support, love and blessings to the Bryant family and to all the amazing artists sharing your soul tonight and always. It is an honor to stand with you. You are respected and loved. Forever yours AK.”

I thought Alicia Keys handled the first moment she hit the Grammy stage to start her hosting duties with such grace.  I can’t imagine having to come out on stage, on what’s supposed to be a happy, fun night of celebration, to process and talk about what happened to Kobe Bryant and his daughter.  This Kobe tribute with Boys II Men was moving.

Alicia Keys Pays Tribute To Kobe Bryant In 2020 GRAMMY Awards Opening

The host of the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, Alicia Keys, is joined on stage by Boyz II Men for a moving musical salute to the late Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Stream the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on CBS All Access.

Congratulations to Alicia Keys for doing an outstanding job hosting the Grammys on such a difficult night.