Grammy winner and actress Queen Latifah performed Stevie Wonder’s Love’s in Need of Love Today at the National Basketball Assn.’s Saturday Night skills competitions.
But she added a rap verse to the song in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, who had four MVP awards at the event and had the MVP trophy renamed in his honor.
Latifah, 49, added the lines “Give love a shot / When you do, say ‘Kobe’ / 24 hours, eight days a week, trophies.” The crowd cheered the salute.
A public memorial service for Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, who perished in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash, will be held on Feb. 24 at Staples Center.
The NBA All-Star Game takes place Sunday evening at United Center in Chicago and is expected to feature a special tribute to Bryant by Jennifer Hudson before the game begins. Chaka Khan, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Quavo are also set to perform.