Jennifer Hudson Belts Out Heartfelt Tribute to Kobe Bryant at NBA All-Star Game (Video)

Singer performed classic song “For All We Know”

Jennifer Hudson sang a touching rendition of “For All We Know” in tribute to late basketball legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday at the 2020 NBA All-Star game in Chicago.

The multi-talented “American Idol” and “Cats” alum was full of emotion as she belted out the classic song “For All We Know” as a photo montage of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna played. The pair died together on Jan. 26 in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. that also took the lives of seven others.

The father and daughter were buried together on Feb. 7 at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California, according to CNN.

Hudson was introduced by Magic Johnson, who urged everyone in the Chicago stadium to “come together” to honor both Bryant and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died on Jan. 1. Rapper Common also paid tribute to Bryant with a spoken-word performance.

The tribute was one of a few major changes made to the annual All-Star game format, along with resetting the score at the start of the second and third quarters and a new “target score” finish.

“For All We Know” was written in 1934 by J. Fred Coots and Sam M. Lewis and has been performed by artists like Donny Hathaway, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, and Bette Middler.

When the news first broke of Bryant’s death, Hudson shared two heartfelt posts on her Instagram.

“It’s like every time I go to sleep and then wake up somebody else is gone! This news hurts my heart so bad!’ she wrote in the first post along with a picture of Kobe.
Then later that day, she posted another photo of both Kobe and Gianna.
I was holding out hoping that it wasn’t true ! Lord his daughter too,” she wrote.

Another tribute to the Lakers legend will be held on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in his hometown of Los Angeles. Registration for tickets for the public event ends Monday, Feb. 17.

Watch the video above.