MSNBC Reporter Alison Morris Denies Using Racial Slur On-Air While Discussing Kobe Bryants Death

MSNBC Reporter Alison Morris Denies Using Racial Slur On-Air While Discussing Kobe Bryants Death

While speaking about Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna‘s sudden and shocking deaths in a helicopter crash, MSNBC reporter Alison Morris stumbled over her words — and had many concerned she’d dropped a racial epithet when referring to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers,'” Morris wrote on Twitter soon after the incident. “Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.”

During her segment, Morris said, “He was just the kind of athlete that was perfectly cast on the Los Angeles Nakers.” She then quickly corrected herself and said “Los Angeles Lakers.”

MSNBC retweeted Morris’ statement.

Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say “Nakers.” Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.

— Alison Morris (@AlisonMorrisNOW) January 26, 2020

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Morris, 39, is an anchor on MSNBC on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. ET and has been a weekday anchor based in New York City for NBC News Now since July. Before that, she was a business reporter and anchor at Fox 5 in New York.

Before Morris’ tweet, several Twitter users noted the flub and commented on it on Twitter.

Now, I hope to God that I'm wrong, but did Alison Morris from @MSNBC just get tongue tied and say the N word while reporting breaking news on Kobe's passing? Pray to God that I misheard her…👀

— hnyalmnd (@hnyalmnd) January 26, 2020

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@msnbc What did your Alison Morris just say? Seriously WTF? pic.twitter.com/0p88ug4kmf

— Wayne Woodall (@sleevemeister) January 26, 2020

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Alicia Keys Opens Up About Hosting Emotional 2020 Grammys This Was a Really Hard Night

Alicia Keys Opens Up About Hosting Emotional 2020 Grammys This Was a Really Hard Night

Kobe Bryant‘s legacy helped Alicia Keys make it through an emotional Grammy Awards night.

On Sunday, the singer hosted the 62nd Grammy Awards just hours after Kobe Bryant tragically died, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, in a helicopter crash over Calabasas.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight after the show, Keys admitted that the hosting task was not easy.

“This was a really hard night, and that’s why I think it was a roller coaster,” Keys told the outlet. “It was painful, it’s painful right now. We lost a beloved, beloved hero to all of us. A person who is like a true example of brilliance and excellence.”

“It’s not easy to go forward with all of that weight,” she added. “But I think that the energy that he always brought and that fighting spirit is what brought us through tonight.”

The “Girl on Fire” singer opened up the show, which was held in Los Angeles’ Staples Center — the arena that Bryant called home for many years while playing for the L.A. Lakers  — with an emotional tribute to honor the NBA legend.

“Here we are together on music’s biggest night celebrating the artists that do it best. But to be honest, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero. And we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” Keys said at the beginning of the show. “Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna, and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirit. They’re in our hearts and our prayers. They’re in this building”

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Boys II Men then joined Keys on stage to perform “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” in Bryant’s honor.

Following the emotional performance, Keys said it was important for all of the artists in the room to band together through this hard time, as music is “the most healing thing in the world.”

“We’re going to do what we’re here to do. And know that we’re going to all join together like we do in happy times and challenging times. We’re going to sing together we’re going to laugh together. We’re going to dance together. We’re going to cry toge

Read more: https://people.com/music/grammys-2020-alicia-keys-says-hosting-was-really-hard/

A Lizzo Photobomb Celeb Couple Moments Tears Everything You Didnt See at the 2020 Grammy Awards

A Lizzo Photobomb Celeb Couple Moments Tears Everything You Didnt See at the 2020 Grammy Awards

And with that, the 2020 Grammy Awards have come to an end!

With the heartbreaking news that Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others had died in a plane crash coming just hours before the show kicked off, stars still found a way to celebrate music’s biggest night on Sunday at the Staples Center.

While many of the memorable moments were captured in front of the cameras — such as the emotional tributes to Bryant and Nipsey Hussle, Demi Lovato‘s triumphant return to the stage, and Billie Eilish dominating the evening — there were also several unseen happenings on the red carpet, during the show and inside the after-parties.

Here are the best behind-the-scenes moments you didn’t see.

On the Red Carpet

Lil Nas X was thrilled to be nominated at his first Grammy Awards and relished the moment besides a large entourage, including his brothers, whom he kept close and involved with all photos. Despite the excitement of the night, the “Old Town Road” artist seemed cool, calm and collected on the red carpet.

After snapping photos with his group, Lil Nas X, 20, found time to meet up with Cyndi Lauper. The duo introduced themselves, shaking each other’s hands and later ended their interaction with a hug.

Singers Rosalía and Billie Eilish also shared a sweet greeting on the carpet, embracing in a long hug and chatting for a bit before posing for a number of photos together.

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Ty Dolla $ign made his public debut with his new girlfriend — the pair wore coordinating outfits as they walked the carpet together hand-in-hand.

Elsewhere at the event, Chris Brown showed up with his 5-year-old daughter, Royalty, as his plus one. The duo were captured smiling together inside the venue after finding their seats.

Inside the Show

During Keys’ opening tribute to Bryant, 41, cameras caught Bebe Rexha wiping tears from her face. Several other audience members also appeared to be visibly moved by Keys’ heartfelt opening speech.

The Staples Center also honored Bryant by keeping his two retired Lakers jerseys that were hanging from the ceiling illuminated for the duration of the show — an unprecedented move for the venue,

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Billie Eilish Wins Album of the Year at Grammys 2020 Can I Just Say Ariana Deserves This

Billie Eilish Wins Album of the Year at Grammys 2020 Can I Just Say Ariana Deserves This

Another one!

Billie Eilish just took home the coveted album of the year award at the 2020 Grammys for her debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The album went two times platinum and peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

“Can I just say Ariana deserves this?” Eilish, 18, said as she accepted to the award. In response, Grande, who was nominated for her album Thank U, Next sweetly blew kisses from the audience.

“I’m not going to waste your time. Thank you for this,” Eilish said before her brother Finneas O’Connell took the mic.

“We didn’t make this album to win a grammy. We wrote an album about depression, suicidal thoughts and climate change. We stand up here confused,” O’Connell said.

The nod came just after Eilish won song of the year for viral single “Bad Guy.”

“Why? So many other songs deserved this, I’m sorry,” Eilish said alongside O’Connell, who co-wrote the track. “This is my first Grammys. I never thought this would ever happen in my whole life.”

Giving her mom and dad a sweet shout-out, Eilish also thanked her brother before expressing her appreciation for her fellow nominees.

“This is my brother Finneas and he’s my best friend,” she said. “I feel like I joke around a lot and I never take anything seriously at these kind of things but I genuinely want to say I am so grateful, and I only want to say that I’m grateful, and I am so honored to be here. All of you, I love you to my core. I grew up watching all of you.”

Eilish then turned the attention over to O’Connell, who admitted he was also at a loss for words.

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“This is a really, really big deal and I have no idea what to say. I didn’t think we were gonna win this at all. I loved every song on this list. I want to thank my girlfriend, my best friends, our entire team,” he said. “We just make music in a bedroom together. We still do that. And they let us do that. This is to all the kids who are making music in their bedrooms today, you’re gonna get one of these.”

Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full Grammys coverage to get the latest news on music’s biggest night.

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