Multi-Grammy winning artist Alicia Keys opened the show with some heartfelt words for Bryant, saying: "We're all feeling insane sadness. because Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero".
He played and competed not only against Kobe during his career in the National Basketball Association, but also played alongside him for a short time as his final stop in a long, fourteen-year career during the 2005-2006 season. As that hit us all in the gut, more Dodgers felt the gravity of the entirety of the news. This is the Staples Center. "His absence will be felt by so many people that he touched". "Our hearts are broken & grieving for the families impacted". "Kobe you were always so sweet to me".
Bryant played in the National Basketball Association for 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five National Basketball Association titles, one MVP award and two Finals MVP's. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated father.
"In this building you have so much creative energy and even an athlete like him-that's a creative genius". To be honest, we're all feeling insane sadness right now. "We can't stop crying". "A great role model", he added.
Several current members of the Golden State Warriors have reacted to the loss of Bryant on social media. "It's a very sad, tragic day and bittersweet for all of us at the Grammys".
Flags were also flown at half-staff outside of the Staples Center to honor Bryant's life and legacy.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed to reporters on Sunday that the Calabasas helicopter crash led to the death of all nine people on board.
Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant and his other three daughters, 17-year-old Natalia, 3-year-old Bianka and a 7-month-old baby, Capri.