Alicia Keys and Lizzo Trends After Female Artists Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant During Grammys

Alicia Keys and Lizzo began trending on Twitter in the first half hour of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday evening after the two female artists paid tribute to Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash earlier in the day.

Keys, with help from Boys II Men, opened the music awards ceremony at the Staples Center this evening with a musical performance dedicated to Bryant. The retired NBA legend spent his entire 20-year career playing home games with the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

"We're all feeling crazy sadness right now," Keys said at the Grammys. "Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. We're literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built."

Bryant, 41, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others, were killed in a helicopter crash at around 9:45 a.m. PST near Calabasas, California. Although the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office declined to link Bryant to the crash in a press conference until a coroner's report is released, several publications have confirmed Bryant and his daughter were aboard the aircraft when it went down.

"It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," Keys sang during her performance with Boys II Men. "It's hard to say goodbye to yesterday/ And I'll take with me the memories/ To be my sunshine after the rain."

Keys confirmed that the song was chosen because she "wanted to do something that could describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now."

"We love you Kobe," she said.

Lizzo, in her first performance of the evening, also paid tribute to Bryant. "Tonight is for Kobe," she said after taking the stage.

Tens of thousands of Americans took to Twitter to weigh in on their performance, with some praising the artists for acknowledging Bryant. As of Sunday evening, "Alicia" and "Lizzo" rose to the third and fourth, respectively, most-trending topics on Twitter across the United States.

"Alicia Keys whole commentary about making the award show to celebrate the love for music bc Kobe was a huge music lover was amazing, she even included the artists that spoke about music as a universal language and bts was one of them," Twitter user @jooningstar wrote.

Alicia Keys whole commentary about making the award show to celebrate the love for music bc Kobe was a huge music lover was amazing, she even included the artists that spoke about music as a universal language and bts was one of them😢 pic.twitter.com/WHlE5MwVKz

— emma (@jooningstar) January 27, 2020

"@aliciakeys can do no wrong. Singing us all through the rough weeks with laughs, tears, and kind jokes," Twitter user @bobbybonesshow wrote.

.@aliciakeys can do no wrong. Singing us all through the rough weeks with laughs, tears, and kind jokes.😞😭 #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/HMzGQLHPBr

— Bobby Bones Show (@bobbybonesshow) January 27, 2020

"Lizzo says 'tonight is for Kobe' while on stage...officially her first W ever, much respect," Twitter user @PhillyWRLD wrote.

Lizzo says “tonight is for Kobe” while on stage...officially her first W ever, much respect✊ pic.twitter.com/S7lXc3rvp2

— 𝙅𝙖𝙠𝙚 ♛ (@PhillyWRLD) January 27, 2020
Lizzo, Alicia Keys
Lizzo performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Mazur/Getty