There were several tributes to Kobe Bryant before the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, and perhaps the most emotional one came from Jennifer Hudson.
She sang a version of Donny Hathaway’s classic song “For All We Know (We May Meet Again)” while images from Bryant’s life flashed on the screen behind her.
People online thought the tribute was beautiful.
“This is an amazing tribute and the weekend feels like it’s been dedicated to Kobe and the other victims on the copter. Great job NBA and TNT for celebrating the amazing life and times of Kobe Bryant,” one said.
“Jennifer Hudson did an excellent performance. She lost her mom, brother, and nephew all in one day, within minutes in a horrific tragic gun attack. She has felt and can feel their loss. Let Us Pray: God we lift up the families and loved ones of everyone who was on that helicopter,” another wrote. “God we ask You in Jesus’ name comfort them. Give them all peace, strength, understanding, and joy in their season of bereavement and sorrow. God give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). God do the same for everyone who loved anyone on that helicopter. God do it also for the fans of Kobe Bryant. Thank You Jesus. Amen.”
“I thought I was past the tears. Just saw this and here they came again. What a beautiful singer who sang from the heart and soul,” a third commented.
Magic Johnson made an emotional speech about Bryant before Hudson’s performance.
“We’ll never see another basketball player quite like Kobe, scoring 81 points in one game, scoring 60 points in his last game, and then, winning five NBA championships. But what I’m really proud about when we think about Kobe Bryant… he was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker — young man won an Oscar — so we all are hurting,” he said. “This is a tough time for the whole NBA family, and if I can get you all to rise right quick.”
Last week, Kobe’s wife Vanessa shared an update with fans on her difficult mourning process.
“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.”
“Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.”