Kanye West and Chance the Rapper pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

The special Sunday Service performance was dedicated to the basketball star, who died in a helicopter crash on January 26

Kanye West held a special edition of his Sunday Service with Chance the Rapper and Kirk Franklin, paying their respects to the late Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26.

Taking place just hours after the news of Bryant’s death, the midnight performance saw West pay tribute to Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, singing: “I was driving home / They was leaving your jersey on the freeway, and I just broke down, broke down, broke down.”

Chance the Rapper and gospel musician Kirk Franklin also performed alongside the Sunday Service choir, with Chance rapping his verse from “Ultralight Beam” and Franklin contributed words of comfort.

Sunday Service is the name of West’s regular weekly gospel services, which has previously include performances at Howard University’s homecoming celebrations as well as controversial events such as Awaken 2020 in Tempe.

Prior to the service taking place, West, as well as many others, shared their devastation following the news on social media. “Kobe, we love you brother,” West wrote on Twitter. “We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave.”

Bryant’s death coincided with the 2020 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, the city in which he rose to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His fame transcended the world of basketball and tributes to his enduring legacy included the likes of Lil Nas XGigi Hadid, the Safdie brothers, and more.

Watch footage of the service, captured by Kim Kardashian, below.