Grammy-winning singer Queen Latifah paid homage to the late Kobe Bryant whereas singing on the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago on Sunday.

The rapper-singer carried out Stevie Marvel’s inspirational ballad “Love’s In Want of Love As we speak” and altered a number of the lyrics in honor of Bryant, who died in a surprising helicopter crash final month.

“House is the place the guts is. Don’t gotta pay a mortgage. It’s free, not a price you ever owe me. Give love a shot. If you do, say, ‘Kobe’. 24 hours, eight days every week — trophies,” she rapped over the track.

Bryant wore jerseys numbered 24 and eight throughout his NBA profession. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver additionally introduced that the All-Star Recreation MVP award could be renamed in honor of Bryant, who himself received the award 4 instances throughout his 20-year profession.

Jennifer Hudson will carry out earlier than the 69th annual recreation tonight and honor Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and the seven different victims of the tragedy. Probability the Rapper, DJ Khaled, Quavo and Lil Wayne may even give the halftime present in the course of the All-Star recreation.

President Barack Obama fondly remembered Bryant on the All-Star brunch yesterday.

“That loss is one thing that I do know many are nonetheless grappling with — significantly, Kobe, as a result of he was together with his daughter and people households and people kids. And people of us who’ve had the enjoyment and privilege of being mother and father and taking youngsters to ball video games and rooting for our youngsters after which seeing our goals and hopes handed on to them — nothing is extra heartbreaking,” he mentioned.