Hollywood is still reeling from Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant’s death at 41.
On Sunday, actress Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas paid tribute to Kobe on the red carpet at the 2020 Grammys.
While Priyanka wrote Kobe’s jersey number, 24, on one of her nails, Nick sported a purple ribbon with his gold suit. Kobe represented the purple and gold for 20 years.
Earlier in the day, Chopra mourned Bryant’s sudden passing on Instagram. She wrote on Instagram, “Kobe Bryant was my first real introduction to the NBA. I was 13 living in Queens NYC, the same age as his sweet little girl, Gianna. He ignited my love for the sport, competition, and striving for excellence. He inspired an entire generation. His legacy is so much bigger than basketball. This heartbreaking accident also took the life of his young daughter, Gianna. I’m shook and so saddened. My heart goes out to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant.”
She added, “Also sending my condolences to the loved ones of the other family and pilot in the accident. Being at tonight’s Grammys ceremony in his home at the Staples Center is going to be surreal. 💔.”
Nick also shared some photos of himself chatting with Kobe more than 10 years ago. He tweeted, “Praying for the entire Bryant family and loved ones during this tragic time.”
At the start of the Grammys, host Alicia Keys honored Bryant, saying, “Earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”
Before Boyz II Men joined her stage for a heartbreaking performance of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye,” she stressed, “We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this. So we wanted to do something that could describe, a tiny bit, how we all feel right now.”