The “In Memoriam” tribute is an important part of any awards show. It gives remembrance to those we have lost in the last year. At this year’s Emmy awards, H.E.R sang “Nothing Compares 2 U” as the montage of photos played. Many people were shocked to realize that Kobe Bryant had been left out of this year’s tribute.

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Even though Kobe had never won a Primetime Emmy, he had won a Sports Emmy for his animated short Dear Basketball. He also won an Academy Award for the short in 2018.

It’s also important to note that this year’s Emmy Awards were held in the Staples Center, also known as the house that Kobe built. This move or mistake by the Emmys is in sharp contrast to the Grammy Awards, who opened the show with a tribute for Kobe. The Grammy Awards were held the same day Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and six others lost their lives in a terrible helicopter accident.


Upon realizing the NBA legend was left out of the tribute, people spoke up about it on Twitter.