Alicia Keys "Freaked Out" After Learning About Kobe's Death Before Grammys


62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

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Alicia Keys had the unenviable position of hosting the Grammys on the same day of the tragic helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. 

Keys talked to Ellen DeGeneres about what happened as the news broke before the award show.

She said, "We were all freaking out because obviously hearing the news about Kobe and his daughter was so tragic, and none of us can still believe it right now, to this day.”

She continued, "I think that it was definitely a crazy feeling because, literally minutes before, we were going to do something else. And we had to really figure out how can we properly honor him in his house on this night [with] everybody who adores him and loves him so much and has been inspired by him and felt so devastated in that moment.”