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Spike Lee wears Kobe Bryant tribute to Oscars

Posted: 6:49 PM, Feb 09, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-09 18:49:12-05
92nd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
92nd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

LOS ANGELES — Spike Lee is honoring Kobe Bryant on the Oscars red carpet.

The “BlacKkKlansman” director wore a purple suit trimmed in yellow adorned with Bryant’s No. 24 on the lapel and back. He also wore a pair of Bryant’s Nike sneakers.

Lee walked the red carpet in a purple suit last year, too — a nod to late musical artist and close friend Prince.

Bryant, who died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash, will be part of the Oscars' In Memorium segment.

Roots frontman Questlove said Bryant was “a great person, a stand-up guy.” The Philadelphia native recalled the waves Bryant made in 1996 when he convinced Brandy to be his date at prom. Bryant and Questlove had since struck up a friendship based in part on their Philly upbringings.

“Anytime I saw him or his family there’s always been love,” Questlove said. “It’s very devastating. We’re all grieving right now.”