*Whoa! Now, THAT was one heck of tribute! We’re referring to Jennifer Hudson‘s super emotional accolade to the late Kobe Bryant at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.
The award-winning singer and actress – accompanied by a pianist and cellist – performed right before tipoff. As images of Bryant played on a screen behind her, Hudson performed an incredible version of “For All We Know (We May Meet Again).”
Before taking the court, she was introduced by basketball icon and businessman Magic Johnson, who told the crowd he wanted everyone to “come together” in honor of Bryant and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died on New Year’s Day.
“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Johnson said. “He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker.”
As we’ve reported, Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Jan. 26. The crash also claimed the lives of pilot Ara Zobayan; Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli; his wife Keri Altobelli; their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach; 13-year-old Payton Chester, a basketball teammate of Gianna’s; and her mother, Sarah Chester.
A public memorial for the victims is scheduled to take place at the Staples Center on Feb. 24.