Usher Performs ‘Amazing Grace’ At Tribute For Lakers’ Kobe Bryant

It is always difficult when we lose a celebrity in death. Of course, anytime that somebody dies is going to be difficult but when celebrities pass away, it is often surprising and it affects many people because of their status. Recently, the Los Angeles Lakers lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash. There were other people who also passed away in the crash as well, including his daughter. It came as such a surprise to everyone who heard the news and there were many people who felt as if the world lost one of the greatest athletes they had seen in a very long time.

As is the case when many celebrities die, there was a tribute to Kobe Bryant that helped to mark the occasion. It happened at a game at the Los Angeles Staples Center and it was the first time that they had played since he died on January 26. Usher was there to perform an emotional rendition of Amazing Grace and you could see by the look on the faces of the fans and athletes that it was a very touching performance. After Usher had that performance, the Lakers played a video that lasted six minutes and highlighted his career and accomplishments.

Another musical group that was on hand at the Staples Center was Boyz II Men. They also delivered the national anthem at the game and performed a last minute tribute to Bryant.

An impromptu speech was then given by Lebron James to close out the ceremony.

“Tonight we celebrate the kid that came here at 18, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years,” an emotional James said. “So in the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba Out,’ but in the words of us, ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on brother.”

The tribute continued to play at half time with Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa delivering their 2015 hit, ‘See You Again’. That song was originally sung in honor of the late actor Paul Walker. It is also now an unofficial anthem to honor Kobe Bryant, and a number of YouTube videos have been posted using that song.

“To the late Kobe Bryant,” Khalifa said during the performance. “Peace and blessing to his entire family. His legacy is gonna be remembered. We love you Kobe.”

An ode to Bryant was penned by the bassist from Red Hot Chili Peppers who also happens to love the Los Angeles Lakers. He was also on hand at Kobe Bryant’s last home game to perform the national anthem. He was on hand with an airbrushed shirt to honor Bryant at the game.

Source: Rolling Stone