Here's how Kobe Bryant will be honoured at the 2020 Oscars

By Heather Cichowski

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Jan. 26. The shocking news had people the world over in mourning, with many celebrities and athletes expressing their heartache and condolences for Kobe's family on social media. In light of the basketball player's untimely passing, the 2020 Oscars will pay tribute to him.

Variety reported a tribute to Kobe is planned at the awards ceremony, which will take place on Feb. 9. An Academy representative confirmed to the publication that "he will be acknowledged in the telecast." It is thought that the former Los Angeles Lakers player will be honoured during the "In Memoriam" montage.

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The Academy has already paid tribute to Kobe, who won an Academy Award for his short film Dear Basketball in 2018. On Instagram, they penned the following emotional message:

"They doubted a kid could make it in the NBA and he proved them wrong."

"They doubted he could win a championship and he proved them wrong.

"They doubted he could make movies and he won an Oscar.

"Like all great artists, Kobe Bryant proved the doubters wrong.

Rest in peace."

Kobe Bryant and filmmaker Glen Keane, who won the Animated Short Award together for “Dear Basketball”, pose in the press room at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Photo: © Steve Granitz/WireImage

At the 2020 GRAMMYs, Kobe and his daughter's passings were in the front of many people's minds on the red carpet and during the show. Host Alicia Keys opened the GRAMMYs by acknowledging Kobe and the people who lost their lives in the helicopter crash.

Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men perform an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards. Photo: © John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Boyz II Men members Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris joined Alicia on stage to sing "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."

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