- Jennifer Lopez promised a “heartfelt” tribute to Kobe Bryant during the Super Bowl halftime show.
- But many fans had a hard time catching the moment.
- It came in the form of an illuminated cross by the stage in the latter portion of the show, glowing in Lakers colors.
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Ahead of Sunday night’s Super Bowl, halftime performer Jennifer Lopez promised there would be a “heartfelt” tribute to Kobe Bryant, the basketball legend who died in a helicopter crash a week earlier.
But after all of the dancing, singing, and fireworks, many Kobe fans were left wondering if Lopez and co-performer Shakira had decided to cut the tribute at the last minute.
“Great halftime but what happened to the Kobe Bryant tribute?? Did I miss it or something???” a Twitter user named Sakyoa asked.
— Sakoya L.M.T (@skyspruill07) February 3, 2020
JLO: “I’m going to make a heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant at my halftime show”
Me waiting for the heartfelt tribute: pic.twitter.com/o4MvvA4Uti
— yazo (@yasmin_mars_) February 3, 2020
I been sitting here waiting on the tribute they said they were gonna give to Kobe at halftime 🤨 pic.twitter.com/V1gQNSKU1k
— t (@teryanarashayx) February 3, 2020
I thought there was supposed to be a Kobe tribute during the halftime show? pic.twitter.com/sCq8aG0t4a
— PIERRE KING. 🌻 (@legallypierre) February 3, 2020
“Wait, didn’t they say halftime show they were gonna do somethin special for Kobe? Did I miss something? Or am I just delusional ??” another Twitter user asked.
In fact, the tribute did happen, but it was easy to miss.
It took place during a quick change in the last few minutes of the show, as Lopez’s daughter Emme sang a stripped-down version of her mom’s hit “Let’s Get Loud.”
The cameras panned to an aerial shot of the stage, which was lit up in a cross, with purple accents off stage, the colors of Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers team.
The NFL also held a moment of silence for Bryant and his daughter Gianna during the pre-show. Bryant, his daughter, and seven others died in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California, while flying to a youth basketball game in foggy conditions. Bryant was 41 and his daughter was 13.
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