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- Billy Ray Cyrus dedicated his two 2020 Grammy Awards with Lil Nas X to Kobe 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 Nick Jonas, Lizzo, and more paid tribute to the late Los Angeles Lakers player and his daughter on the red carpet.
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Billy Ray Cyrus accepted two awards at the 62nd annual Grammys in Los Angeles, California, 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 Award 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."
—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." In a red carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cyrus hinted at an on-stage tribute to Kobe and Gianna, saying, "I know I got a little something I wrote on my guitar. I have a little Kobe going out with me on stage tonight."
—Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 27, 2020
Later in the evening, Lil Nas took the stage for his performance with Cyrus. He appeared reclined on a sofa, stringing a guitar to the familiar chords of his Grammy-winning track "Old Town Road."
In addition to magazine covers of himself from Billboard, Variety, Time, and Paper, the 20-year-old appeared with a Lakers jersey with "Bryant" written on the seat next to him before joining Cyrus, Mason Ramsey, BTS, and Diplo.
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Some stars, like Lizzo and the Jonas Brothers reportedly elected not to take part in interviews following the news of Bryant's death. Both acts paid tribute to the late NBA star in other ways, as well.
Lizzo, who opened the show with a rendition of her Grammy-winning track, "Truth Hurts," said, "Tonight is for Kobe" in the midst of her performance.
—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 on the red carpet. She wrote, "RIP Mamba."
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Nick Jonas, Chopra Jonas's husband, joined his brothers Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas to make their own gesture prior to entering Staples Center. All three Jonas Brothers members pinned purple ribbons to their suits in memory of the Kobe and Gianna. The musicians received a nomination for best pop duo/performance.
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Before arriving to 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."
DJ Khaled, who won his first Grammy Award for best rap/sung performance for his song "Higher," paid his respects on the red carpet by carrying a t-shirt featuring a photo of Kobe. The t-shirt showed an image of the basketball player as a 17-year-old at the 1996 NBA draft, according to Page Six.
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The 44-year-old rapper later performed "Higher" with John Legend to honor his collaborator, the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. At the end of the performance, DJ Khaled said, "Rest in peace, Nipsey Hussle. Rest in peace, Kobe Bryant. Gianna," while standing below projected photos of the two men.
He finished, "Long live, Nip. Long live, Kobe. The marathon continues."
—MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 27, 2020
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