AceShowbiz - Queen Latifah delivered a touching tribute to the late Kobe Bryant as she took the stage at the NBA (National Basketball Association) All-Star Weekend on Saturday, February 15 in Chicago, Illinois.
The former Los Angeles Lakers player was one of nine victims who lost their lives in a helicopter crash last month, alongside his teenage daughter Gianna.
While performing at the basketball event, 49-year-old Latifah gave a rendition of Stevie Wonder's classic hit "Love's In Need of Love Today", and added some of her own words as a tribute to the star.
Her performance included the lines: "Give love a shot. When you do, say: 'Kobe!' Twenty-four hours, eight days a week, trophies!" The phrase "24 hours" makes reference to Kobe's jersey number, 24.
Atlanta Hawks co-owner Grant Hill also gave a nod to Kobe and former NBA commission David Stern while introducing the hitmaker, telling the audience at United Center that, "Like Kobe Bryant, David believed the power of our game to change lives."
"And while recognising the tremendous loss we feel in our hearts, we know they would want us to keep our heads up and continue to play on," he continued. "So, tonight, as we celebrate the game we all love, we'll reflect and rise together as one NBA family. Here to perform a song with that message in mind is my friend, the great Queen Latifah."