At the time, Bryant tweeted his excitement and disbelief over his nomination, writing: “This is beyond the realm of imagination. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team.”
While it’s currently unclear whether Bryant will be honored during the annual “in memoriam” segment of the show or in a separate tribute, Deadline obtained a statement from the Academy confirming that he will be “acknowledged in the telecast.”
“Here we are together on music’s biggest night celebrating the artists that do it best, but to be honest with you, we are all feeling crazy sadness right now,” host Alicia Keys said early in the program. “Los Angeles, America and the [world] lost a hero.”
Keys, 39, then was joined by R&B group Boyz II Men on stage, and they performed a rendition of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
Bryant was among nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. He was 41 years old and is survived by his wife Vanessa and three daughters: Natalia, 17; Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
The Academy did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.