Amid the unprecedented global coronavirus pandemic and national unrest in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks, the 2020 BET Awards took place virtually this year. Wayne sang "Kobe Bryant"-a track which he had written and debuted in 2009-while videos that featured Bryant's career and photos of his late daughter Gianna were shown in the background".
The NBA player and admired sportsman passed away in a fatal helicopter crash in California on January 26, this year.
Lil Wayne's updated version features some of the best highlights from Kobe's illustrious career, including a couple from his final season with the Lakers.
"I call him King Bryant". "This is Black power status/Two fingers for the Mambacita/I'm screamin' Black Mamba matters", he rapped.
Vanessa Bryant shared a clip from the performance on her Instagram page, calling it a "beautiful tribute".
Social media users who watched Wayne's performance have reacted positively to the song.
The 37-years-old musician also brought attention to the "Black Lives Matter" movement and the anti-police brutality protesters. He mentions how Kobe is watching over everybody and how his "heart goes out to Vanessa and the whole Mamba family".
"For you youngins in the comments, Lil Wayne was Kobe's favourite artist. that's the reason he was chosen".
The BET Awards aired Sunday from 8 p.m.to 11 p.m. on CBS and BET.
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