Jennifer Hudson Honors Kobe Bryant With Musical Tribute at NBA All-Star Game

Jennifer Hudson performed a moving tribute to Kobe Bryant at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game Sunday in Chicago.

The award-winning singer and actress sang the classic “For All We Know (We May Never Meet Again)” inside a packed United Center in her hometown.

Hudson began by singing a capella, with a piano and cello later accompanying her as pictures of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were shown on a screen behind her.

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Hudson wasn’t the only artist to honor the late NBA legend Sunday night.

Chicago rapper Common performed a spoken word tribute to his hometown, praising fellow Chicago natives Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade. Near the end of his performance, he honored former President Barack Obama and Bryant.

“He used his game to touch the world’s soul, a king named Kobe Bryant who wore purple and gold,” Common said.

NBA icon and businessman Magic Johnson paid tribute to Bryant as well. Johnson told the audience he wanted everyone to “come together” to honor the Lakers champion and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died on New Year’s Day.

“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe,” Johnson said. “He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker.” He called for eight seconds of silence in honor of Bryant, who wore the jersey numbers 8 and 24 during his Lakers career.

Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26. The crash also claimed the lives of pilot Ara Zobayan; Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli; his wife Keri Altobelli; their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach; 13-year-old Payton Chester, a basketball teammate of Gianna’s; and her mother, Sarah Chester.

A public memorial will be held for the victims of the crash at the Staples Center on February 24.