Queen Latifah proved once again why she’s called the Queen. The multi-talented star commanded the stage at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game with a stunning performance. What really hit home with her performance was how she molded the lyrics to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant. The NBA legend, along with his daughter Gianna, died in an unfortunate helicopter crash.
Tribute to Kobe Bryant:
Before the Queen hit the stage, co-owner of Atlanta Hawks Grant Hill came on-stage to pay his respects to Kobe and David Stern. “David Stern turned the NBA into what it is today,” Hill said, describing NBA as a league that uses the values of the game, like equality and respect, to bring people together. He continued:
Kobe Bryant believed in the power of our game to change lives. And while recognizing the tremendous loss we feel in our hearts, we know they would want us to keep our heads up and continue to play on. So, tonight, as we celebrate the game we all love, we’ll reflect and rise together as one NBA family. Here to perform a song with that message in mind is my friend, the great Queen Latifah.
Queen Latifah wasn’t the only one who honored Kobe at the event. During the slam dunk contest, Dwight Howard brought out his trademark Superman costume. But this time, it featured Bryant’s jersey number. The number “24” was placed over the “S” logo and written in red letters.
Queen Latifah’s performance:
The 49-year-old actress sang the 1976 Stevie Wonder song Love’s In Need of Love Today and added some of her own words in the middle. She sang:
Give Love a shot / When you do say KOBE / 24 Hours 8 Days a week, trophies.
The words “24 hours” have a double meaning as Kobe’s jersey number was also 24. The performance came just a day after Vanessa Bryant posted a saddening Instagram. It was her first Valentine’s Day without Kobe in her entire adult life.