Thousands Attend LA Memorial For Kobe Bryant, Daughter

People arrive to attend the “Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles on February 24, 2020. – Kobe Bryant, 41, and 13-year-old Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the rugged hills west of Los Angeles on January 26. Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

 

Thousands of celebrities, athletes, family members and fans poured into the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday to honor basketball great Kobe Bryant, who died last month in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

The public memorial — dubbed “A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” — is being held in the arena where Bryant wowed fans for nearly two decades while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 2/24 date for the memorial carries special significance as it coincides with Bryant’s jersey number — “24” — and Gianna’s “2” jersey number.

Fellow Laker legend Magic Johnson was among those attending the memorial, which is taking place just hours after the Lakers 114-112 win over the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on Sunday.

“It’s hard in a two-minute, five-minute time to say everything he meant to the world, to the NBA and to basketball fans. He’s bigger than life,” Johnson said ahead of the game on Sunday. “And it will take years to get over his passing and his daughter and the seven other people who lost their lives as well.”

Among other celebrities attending were filmmaker Spike Lee — who was close friends with Bryant and directed a documentary on his life — and rapper Snoop Dogg, an avid Lakers fan.

Many of the fans lucky enough to nab one of the much-sought after 20,000 tickets for the memorial wore the gold and purple colors of the Lakers as they headed for the two-and-a-half hour ceremony scheduled to start at 10 am (1800 GMT) amid tight security.

“Kobe meant everything for this city, for this team and for me,” said Karen Sanchez, 41, as she waited with friends to enter the arena. “I watched him play from the beginning.”

Marcos Rojas, 23, another ticketholder, said Bryant’s January 26 death near Los Angeles had been devastating to fans like him who worshipped the player.

“For me, it was like losing a friend,” said Rojas who wore a Lakers jersey with Kobe’s number.

“I always watched him playing with my friends,” he told AFP. “I always picked Kobe to play in my video games. I couldn’t leave home the day of his passing.”

Those attending the memorial were being given a 24-page program with pictures of Bryant and his family as well as a pin and black T-shirt featuring images of Kobe and his daughter on the back.

Some of the fans paid up to $224 a ticket.

AFP

GRAMMY AWARDS: Full List Of Winners

The 2013 edition of the annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday night at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, USA.

The event featured the movers and shakers of the international music industry who gathered for a night of pomp, pageantry, performances and award presentations.

A list artists including LL Cool J, Taylor Swift, Adele, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake thrilled thousands of guests and millions of spectators who watched the event in the comfort of their homes.

Popular acts Frank Ocean, Fun, Gotye and Babel, Mumford & Sons were top winners of the night as they carted away coveted awards.

Here is the full list of winners.

 

 

 

Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Mumford And Sons To Perform At The Grammys

 Rihanna and multiple award-winner Taylor Swift are joining other artists billed to perform at the forth-coming Grammy Awards scheduled to hold February 10th.

Others performing at the event alongside with Rihanna and Taylor swift are The Black Keys, Fun, Mumford and Sons amongst others.

Reports have it that Chris Brown would be performing a duet with his girlfriend Rihanna.

The Show will be hosted by LL-Cool J and Co- Hosted By Taylor Swift who has been nominated for 3 Awards including Record of The Year for ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’

Rihanna has also been nominated in three categories, including Best Pop Solo for ‘Where Have You Been’, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for ‘Talk That Talk’ and Best Short Form Music

The Grammys is billed to hold at the Staples Center In Los Angeles .