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Billie Eilish Opens Up About Honoring Kobe Bryant In Her Oscars In Memoriam Tribute

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By Clark Sparky

Billie Eilish had the honor of performing "Yesterday" during the In Memoriam segment of the Oscars on Sunday, during which everyone who passed away from the acting community over the past year is remembered.

The first face that was shown during the segment was that of Kobe Bryant, who died on January 26 in a helicopter accident.

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On the red carpet before the Academy Awards, Eilish talked to Entertainment Tonight about preparing for such an emotional performance.

"It's just sad. It's like, I don't know what else to say," she said while talking about Bryant. "Every time, when we were in rehearsal and they run kind of what's going to be playing, every time I see his face, I'm like, 'What?' It's so weird. It doesn't make sense to me. I just got shivers, it's horrifying."

She went on to say that she wanted the performance to be about the people on the screen, not her.

"It's not about me. This is about them, and showing love. It really is true, I don't want it to be about me, I want people to be watching the screen, watching the people," Eilish said.

"I'm really looking forward to being respectful and respecting all the people that have passed this year. That's all I'm here to do."

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There was some controversy that stemmed from the In Memoriam segment as fans were outraged that "Beverly Hills 90210" star Luke Perry was omitted.

"An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time," a statement from the Academy read as it attempted to explain why Perry was left out. "All the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year. Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce are remembered in the Oscar.com gallery."

On the morning after the Oscars, Bryant's wife, Vanessa, used social media to open up about her struggles with processing the death of her husband and their daughter, Gianna.

"I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live," she captioned a video of Gianna's basketball highlights at the Mamba Academy.

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