Vanessa Bryant Introduces TIME 's Person Of The Year In Memoriam With Kobe And Gianna

Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant speaks during the "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" service at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles on February 24, 2020. - Kobe Bryant, 41, and 13-year-old Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in the rugged hills west of Los Angeles on January 26. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Vanessa Bryant Introduces TIME 's Person Of The Year In Memoriam With Kobe And Gianna

“Words cannot do justice to the grief we felt this year.”

Published December 11th

Written by BET Staff

TIME beautifully honored many of the country’s biggest losses this year with the help of Vanessa Bryant. Her husband Kobe and 14-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in January. 

Bryant, 38, narrated the video with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott performing "Over the Rainbow.”

Bryant can be heard saying, "We said goodbye to husbands, daughters, wives, sons, grandparents, friends and national heroes. And we continue to count the lives surrendered to this cruel pandemic, which has claimed well over a million souls, worldwide."

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She also added, “Tonight, we mourn the people we all knew and the many we never will. May our collective grief unite us on the path forward.”

Images of Kobe in his Lakers uniform and Gianna appeared when Kobe’s voice is heard saying,“Everything is a game seven. When you approach every practice, every game with that kind of mentality, it bleeds into the rest of the guys.”

The video included Chadwick Boseman, mathematician Kathryn Johnson, Little Richard, Alex Trebek, John Lewis, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and more. 

Watch the emotional video below:

(Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

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