Keys told Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show "we were all freaking out" about the news of Bryant's death, which broke five hours before the ceremony was scheduled to begin Sunday. “I was literally backstage," she added. "I put on my meditation music. I, like, just was thinking, and I called some of my closest people that helped me really find the truth in the moment. It just so happened Boyz II Men was there already that night, and we wanted to do something special, create just something that felt like it was the right thing. And we pulled it together and it was just beautiful. It was like that magic that happens when it’s necessary...It was so much, but I was very honored to be able to share that moment with all of us, with the entire world, that we together could go through something that hurt so bad."