The tragic deaths of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna on Sunday shocked the world and prompted a flood of tributes devastated fans in Los Angeles and far beyond. Kanye West's Sunday Service, a weekly Christian gathering and gospel concert, contained tributes to the Bryants with Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, and Kirk Franklin all performing. The trio sang "Ultralight Beam" from West's album The Life Of Pablo, and the Sunday Service choir did a rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." Video was captured on Kim Kardashian's Instagram story, and you can watch it above via Pitchfork.
West has expressed admiration for Bryant throughout his career. On the 2016 song ScHoolboy Q song "THat Part," West raps: "Walkin', livin' legend, man I feel like Kobe." A month prior, West celebrated Bryant's retirement from the NBA with a customized "I Feel Like Kobe" shirt. During the performance of "Ultralight Beam" at the Service on Sunday, West sings: "I was driving home / They was leaving your jersey on the freeway, and I just broke down, broke down, broke down.”
Last night, the 2020 Grammys was quickly reconfigured to include a tribute with host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men.
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