In a loving tribute to the deceased Kobe Bryant, Usher opens up the Lakers’ pregame ceremony with a touching rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Remembering Kobe through song, the whole room was steeped in an essence of appreciation and respect for the fallen legend.
Usher’s smooth vocals rang out at the close of January 2020, conveying the emotion felt by the nation for one of the greatest NBA players ever to have lived. The singer’s gospel roots were showing strong as he transformed a whole NBA game into what sounded and felt like a hallowed worship session taken straight from church.
The whole nation and perhaps most of the world mourned when Kobe Bryant passed away. Usher’s opening ceremony rendition of “Amazing Grace” was fueled by a spirit shared by all – a feeling of loss that overcame the sport and all who knew his name. It’s a showing of love and respect that everyone should hear.