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Priyanka Chopra Pays Tribute to Basketball Star Kobe Bryant at Grammys With Jersey No. 24 Manicure

© REUTERS / MIKE BLAKE62nd Grammy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2020 - Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
62nd Grammy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2020 - Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): As the 62nd annual Grammy Awards kicked off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, the news of the demise of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter had just started to sink in. Bryant was among nine passengers who died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Indian-American Actress Priyanka Chopra surely knows how to make a timely statement with her every move. The star caused a buzz by walking down the red carpet at the Grammys with the five-time NBA champion’s jersey number "24" painted on her index fingernail.

Chopra appeared at the Grammys with husband Nick Jonas by her side and detail to her manicure to pay tribute to Bryant’s legacy. The actress also took her Instagram stories to say #RIPMamba by sharing a picture of her nail with “24” written on it.

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She also shared a picture of Bryant and his daughter Gianna with a caption expressing grief about his death and saying: “He inspired an entire generation. His legacy is so much bigger than basketball. This heartbreaking accident also took the life of his young daughter, Gianna. I’m shook and so saddened. My heart goes out to Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri Bryant".

The awards took place at Staples Center, where the star and his team played for years, and which had been his “home” for 20 seasons.

Prominent people from India and netizens are also mourning the tragic death of Bryant by expressing condolences to the star's family, leading to #Blackmamba and #RIPMamba trending on Twitter.

American singer and Grammys host Alicia Keys also began the ceremony by paying an emotional tribute to Bryant with a performance of the Boyz II Men song "It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”. 

Bryant was known as “Magic Mamba” for his ability to mimic a snake and his nearly lethal shooting skills. He announced his retirement from the game in 2016 as a five-time NBA champion. He also won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

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