WATCH: Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men perform touching tribute to Kobe Bryant

Alicia Keys (2nd from L) and Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men perform onstage during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. (Getty Images)
Alicia Keys (2nd from L) and Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men perform onstage during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. (Getty Images)

Cape Town – The Grammys paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant at the annual awards ceremony.

The 41-year-old and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna - along with seven others - died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.

Host Alicia Keys, offered a love letter to Kobe's memory: "We're all feeling crazy sadness right now. Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero."

"And we're literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built," said Alicia, before launching into a soulful rendition of It's So Hard to Say Goodbye (To Yesterday) with the group Boyz II Men.

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"He would want us to keep the vibrations high," Alicia later said, before singing a humorous yet soothing opening monologue at the piano.

A mushrooming crowd of people, many of them in tears, gathered near the arena to mourn the 41-year-old Bryant. Flags were flying at half-mast.

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Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht. (Sources: AFP)