Billy Ray Cyrus dedicated two of his Grammys with Lil Nas X to Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant following their deaths in a fatal helicopter crash on Sunday. "So honored to win Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. I'd like to dedicate both to Kobe and his beautiful daughter. Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time," Cyrus wrote on Twitter. Other celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Nick Jonas, and more paid tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers player and his daughter on the red carpet and throughout the show. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
Billy Ray Cyrus accepted two awards at the 62nd annual Grammys in Los Angeles, Califonia, and dedicated both wins to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna following their deaths in a fatal helicopter crash on Sunday. The 58-year-old country singer shared his condolences on Twitter along with a photo of himself holding his Grammy next to Lil Nas X. He wrote, "So honored to win Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. I'd like to dedicate both to Kobe and his beautiful daughter. Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time."
So honored to win Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. I’d like to dedicate both to Kobe and his beautiful daughter. Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time. #RIPKobe @LilNasX #OTR pic.twitter.com/mUgQU2pPPY — Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) January 27, 2020
The duo won best music video and best pop duo/performance for their collaboration on the 2019 hit "Old Town Road" and will perform at the award show. In a red carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cyrus hinted at an on-stage tribute to Kobe and Gianna. He said, "I know I got a little something I wrote on my guitar. I have a little Kobe going out with me on stage tonight."
Billy Ray Cyrus has a special tribute planned for Kobe Bryant tonight. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/2elPj98GpI — Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 27, 2020
Some stars, like the Jonas Brothers and Lizzo reportedly elected not to take part in interviews following the news of Kobe and Gianna's death. Both acts also paid tribute to the former Lakers star and his daughter in other ways. Lizzo opened the show with a rendition of her Grammy-nominated track "Truth Hurts," and during her performance, she said, "Tonight is for Kobe."
"Tonight is for Kobe." @Lizzo kicks off the #Grammys with a tribute to Kobe Bryant https://t.co/norpH2WJuw pic.twitter.com/iPyBPLmrJ9 — The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 27, 2020
Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas wrote Kobe's jersey number, "24," on her fingernail in honor of the late NBA player. She shared a photo of the detail to her Instagram story prior to arriving to the red carpet. She wrote, "RIP Mamba."
Nick Jonas, Chopra Jonas's husband, joined his brothers Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas to make their own gesture prior to entering the Staples Center. All three Jonas Brothers members pinned purple ribbons to their suits in memory of Kobe and Gianna. The musicians received a nomination for best pop duo/performance for their song "Sucker."
Before arriving on the red carpet, Nick wrote a tweet that said, "This is heartbreaking. Rest In Peace Kobe." Kevin said, "Absolutely heartbreaking. Praying for strength for the entire Bryant family and sending all of you love. Rest In Peace Kobe and Gianna."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Stop using champagne flutes — this is the best way to drink champagne
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