Lil Wayne Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant at BET Awards

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The performance featured videos and interview footage memorializing the late basketball legend, who died in a helicopter crash in January.

Lil Wayne hit the virtual stage at the 2020 BET Awards on Sunday to pay tribute to late L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant. 

The rapper's Sunday night performance of his 2009 song "Kobe Bryant," with updated lyrics, highlighted the all-star's legacy in basketball and beyond. Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash in January

"I call him King Bryant," rapped Lil Wayne. "Now let the crown show."

The "Kobe Bryant" performance was accompanied by video highlights from the Olympian's career, including earlier moments when Bryant donned the No. 8 jersey to the his last game in 2016. The rapper also included a shout-out to the late legend's "Black Mamba family" and his wife, Vanessa, and added lyrics about the recent anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests, saying, "Black Lives Matter, facts."

Seven other people, including youth basketball coach Christina Mauser, and Sarah and Payton Chester, were killed in the Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas. 

The BET Awards, hosted by Amanda Seales, aired on June 28 on ViacomCBS' networks including BET and BET HER.

Last weekend, Snoop Dogg paid tribute to Bryant during the ESPYs.

Watch Lil Wayne's performance below.