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    The Grammys Kept A Spotlight On Kobe Bryant's Retired Jerseys For The Entire Show

    A fitting tribute.

    The world was rocked this morning by the news of Kobe Bryant's tragic death. He died in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

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    In a strange twist of fate, the Grammy Awards were scheduled for Sunday night at the Staples Center — the stadium Kobe Bryant called home for his entire NBA career.

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    Alicia Keys opened the show with a powerful speech that reminded everyone that they were sitting "in the house that Kobe Bryant built."

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    Throughout the show, other stars paid tribute to the athlete — for example, Lil Nas X had a Bryant jersey onstage for his performance.

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    And the Grammy Awards found another quiet way to honor Bryant at the show. People in the Staples Center certainly saw it, but you might have missed it at home.

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    Back in 2017, the Los Angeles Lakers retired Bryant's jersey numbers, 8 and 24. Two jerseys bearing those numbers were hung in the rafters as part of that ceremony.

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    And for Sunday night's Grammy Awards, a spotlight was kept shining on those jerseys up in the rafters, to honor his legacy in that stadium.

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    The Recording Academy — the organization behind the Grammy Awards — confirmed that the jerseys would stay illuminated for the entire evening.

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    Sending lots of love to Kobe's wife, Vanessa, and their children in this tragic time.

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    You can see more of Alicia Keys' opening tribute to the athlete here.