Grammys 2020: Read Host Alicia Keys' Full Monologue

"Now we're standing here in the house that Kobe Bryant built," the two-time Grammys host told the Staples Center audience about the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.

Alicia Keys marked her return as host of the 62nd Grammy Awards with a somber and moving tribute to Kobe Bryant.

Taking the stage after Lizzo's punchy and powerful performance of "Truth Hurts," the Grammy winner and host acknowledged the loss of the former Laker great and his daughter in a helicopter crash earlier in the day.

"To be honest with you, we are all feeling crazy sadness right now," Keys said. "Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wild world lost a hero. Now we're standing here in the house that Kobe Bryant built."

The singer-songwriter's 2020 intro mirrored sentiments shared on the carpet before the ceremony and throughout the night, and was a notable shift from her 2019 monologue, which saw Keys more upbeat as she championed the power and influence of music alongside former first lady Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Keys returned later to the stage to do her original monologue, where she addressed some of the night's biggest nominees and uniting under notions of diversity and inclusion. The Grammys host also got more political than her first year, taking a moment to address President Trump's impeachment trial.

Read the full transcript of Keys' monologue, below.

Here we are together on music's biggest night. Celebrating artists that do it best, but to be honest with you, we're all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero.

And we're literally standing here, heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built. Right now Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirit. They're in our hearts. They're in our prayers. They're in this building.

And I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside of you. Hold them inside of you, and share our strength and our support with their families. We never imagined in a million years we'd have to start the show like this. Never never never never never never. So we wanted to do something that could describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now.

[Keys and Boys II Men perform "It's so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."]

We love you, Kobe. Boys II Men. Thank y'all so much. Thank you. And I know that we're gonna do what we're here to do. I know that we're going to all join together and do what we do in happy times and challenging times. We're going to sing together. We're going to laugh together. We're going to dance together. We're gonna cry together. We're going to bring it all together.

We're going to love together, and we're going to make sure that we are celebrating the most powerful energy, the most beautiful thing in the world. The one thing that has the power to bring all of us together. And that's music.

It's the most healing thing in the world, so let us get some healing going on right now with two beautiful people who want to share their love with all of us. My friends, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani.

[Shelton and Stefani perform "Nobody But You."]

OK, we're back. And here I am in my favorite place at the piano, where I always go when I need a little energy. And when I need a little, I need some good vibes, I come here. So let me — let me give us some background music. Because let me be honest with y'all. It's been a hell of a week. A really serious one. Real talk, there's a lot going on.

Can I also have a little more piano in my ears please so I can properly serenade the people. You know I need, I need to serenade y’all for a minute. But you know what, I'm proud to be standing, you know? I am. I am. And I'm proud to be here as an artist for the artists with the people. And I feel the energy of all the beautiful artists in this room. It's going to be an amazing night, amazing night because it's a new decade. It's a new decade. It's time for nowness.

And we refuse the negative energy. We refuse the old systems. Feel me on that. We want to be respected and safe in our diversity. We want to be shifting to realness and inclusivity. So tonight we want to celebrate the people, the artists that put themselves on the line, and share their truth with us.

And I mean we got the incredible Billie Eilish right here in this building. Right there. We got eight nominations and already a winner tonight. We have the magnificent Ariana right here in the building. You see us. You see us. Unstoppable. We get to be who we want to be. We get to be different. We get to be everything right now.

So I'm looking forward to being here together with all of us. Again, celebrating this music because I know how much Kobe loves music. I know how much he loved music. So we got to make this a celebration in his honor. You know, he would want us to keep the vibrations high. You know, music is that one language we can all speak it don't matter where we're from. We all understand. So I want to show some love to some of the artists that spoke this language so beautifully with us this year.

Hear me. Here we go, here we go. Rosalia is hot, Beyoncé took us all on safari. Hey B, thank you for that orange box. I was really fired. We obsess about BTS, H.E.R. and Lewis Capaldi. Hey Lewis, is it cool that I’m using your song right now? OK, thumbs up.

Jonas Brothers return, Billie and Finneas, Camila likes Sean to call her senorita, Ariana went next, Tyler brought us Igor, Lil Nas rode that road until he couldn’t no more. It’s the Grammys, gonna have a ball. Here’s Alicia Keys to get you through it all. If you like country or prefer Young Thug, I’m gonna get you kinda used to hearing music you love.

Tonight we must unite in spite of all the news that we're seeing. It's like so crazy I don't even watch TV. Commander in chief impeached, y’all get out let’s bring Cardi B. Cardi, can you please show these people what to do?

Cause music changes the world, just like Beethoven said. Old dude in a wig, but I give still give him some cred. It's just too many lies. Too much hate, too much spin. It’s when good people do nothing that the bad guys win.

But it’s the Grammys, we gone have a ball, and I’m Alicia Keys, to get you through it all. If you like K-Pop, or rock 'n' roll’s your drug, I’m gonna get you used to hearing music you love. At the Grammys, 10,000 hours long, so keep the speeches short and go for one more song. For all my overkills and underdogs, I’m gonna get you kinda used to knowing music is love.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards aired live on CBS from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.