June 30, 2020

Lil Wayne Pays Tribute to the Late Kobe Bryant during His 2020 Bet Awards Performance (Video)

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Rapper Lil Wayne gave a touching rendition of his song, "Kobe Bryant," in honor of the late NBA star, Kobe Bryant, and this was done during this year's BET awards.

During the virtual 2020 BET award ceremony, which was held on Sunday, June 28, rapper Lil Wayne paid a special tribute to the late NBA star, Kobe Bryant.

Performing a song titled "Kobe Bryant" from his mixtape, "Tear Drop Tune," Wayne's segment during the event was interspersed with clips of Kobe playing on the court. 

Lil Wayne performs at the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest on January 30, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images


Wayne's performance also featured Kobe's slideshow with his daughter, Gianna, who died alongside her father and seven others in the January 26 helicopter crash.

The performance also saw Wayne initially standing in front of a glowing word that read, "MAMBA" which later transitioned to "24" and "KOBE" before the end of the segment. Wayne ended his performance by sending his best wishes to Kobe's wife, Vanessa Bryant, and the rest of her family. He said:

"My heart goes out to Vanessa and the whole Black Mamba family. Rest in power/Let's hope for peace/ Black lives matter, facts."


In response to the touching tribute,  Vanessa took to Instagram, where she shared an excerpt from Wayne's performance.

While adding a caption, Vanessa wrote, "'Beautiful Tribute "G-O-A-T like Kobe-B" while also adding several hashtags in honor of Gianna and Kobe.

The "Basketball Hall of Fame" revealed that they would be inducting Kobe into the Hall of Fame.


Following Kobe's death, Wayne has continuously come up with ways to pay tribute to Bryant. In his most recent studio album, "Funeral," Wayne observed a 24-second long silence in honor of Bryant's jersey number when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Apart from that, Wayne had also previously shared an old photo of himself posing alongside Kobe, and he captioned it: "Forever love. 824." 


Since his death, Kobe has garnered tributes and recognition during some of the world's biggest award shows. Coming together at the 2020 Grammy Awards, Alicia Keys joined Boyz II Men as they gave a soulful rendition of

In April, the "Basketball Hall of Fame" revealed that they would be inducting Kobe into the Hall of Fame alongside Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Tamika Catchings.

In response to this, Vanessa stated in an Instagram post that she was proud of her husband's achievements, and even though he wasn't around to celebrate, she believed he had reached the peak of his career. Kobe Bryant may be gone, but his legacy clearly lives on in the hearts of many.