Lizzo Dedicates 2020 Grammys To Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant

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Leading the nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards with eight nods, Lizzo kicked off the show with a tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas earlier in the day.

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant were among the nine killed in the crash.

“Tonight is for Kobe,” Lizzo shouted as she hit the stage in a custom Christian Siriano rhinestone-embellished black gown. She then belted out a medley of her hit singles Truth Hurts and Cuz I Love You to open the ceremony.

The same day, a Washington Post reporter was suspended after she tweeted an old article about Kobe Bryant being accused of rape. According to NBC News, Felicia Sonmez, a national political reporter for The Post, tweeted a 2016 article from Daily Beast shortly after the news of the NBA legend’s death broke.

Kobe Bryant, with his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala, faced life in prison in 2013 after being charged with sexual assault and false imprisonmentKobe Bryant, with his wife Vanessa Laine Bryant at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala, faced life in prison in 2013 after being charged with sexual assault and false imprisonment

Before heading inside the Staples Center, Lizzo graced the red carpet in a custom white Atelier Versace gown. It features a structured bustier top with a sweetheart neckline, hand-sewn Swarovski crystals, and a thigh-high split.

Lizzo also had a long white fur stole draped over her arms to further the old Hollywood vibe.

Lizzo at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Los Angeles Staples Center on January 26, 2020Lizzo at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Los Angeles Staples Center on January 26, 2020

The 31-year-old singer took home the awards for Best Pop Solo Performance for Truth Hurts, Best Traditional R&B Performance for Jerome, and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Cuz I Love You (Deluxe).

Lizzo channels old Hollywood vibe in a custom white Versace gownLizzo channels old Hollywood vibe in a custom white Versace gown

Using Matrix products, hairstylist Shelby Swain styled Lizzo’s tresses in vintage curls with a deep side parting. He also used GHD Curve Curling iron and Matrix Total Results hairspray to create the look.

Makeup artist Alexx Mayo used Urban Decay cosmetics on Lizzo’s face. She applied metallic purple smoky eye-makeup with a dust of glitter for some sheen, false lashes, blush, and a swipe of lip gloss.

Manicurist Eri Ishizu used Christian Louboutin products on Lizzo’s nails. She painted number eight in glittery gold on each of her blush-colored nails, which was a nod to her eight nominations. The New York-based nail artist then added crystals in the same shape as her earrings at the tips of her nails.

Lizzo wears vintages curls with purple smoky eyeshadow and false eyelashesLizzo wears vintages curls with purple smoky eyeshadow and false eyelashes

Stylist Marko Monroe accessorized Lizzo’s look with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. It included two layers of diamond necklaces, diamond earrings, and a statement swirl ring.

Lizzo then balanced on a pair of strappy sandals by Rene Caovilla. The ‘Cleo’ sandals feature crystal-embellished straps that coil around the ankles. They also have open toes, glittered soles, and 4-inch heels.

Lizzo teams her white gown with Rene Caovilla strappy sandalsLizzo teams her white gown with Rene Caovilla strappy sandals

Rene Caovilla ‘Cleo’ Crystal-Embellished Sandals, $565 at Net-a-Porter

Rene Caovilla ‘Cleo’ Crystal-Embellished Sandals

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