- Kobe Bryant will receive a posthumous award, The 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award to honor his contributions.
The Television Academy announced Wednesday that the late Kobe Bryant will be honored with a posthumous Emmy at this year’s Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.
Bryant will receive the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award selected by the Los Angeles Area Governors Award committee. The award will honor Bryant’s “philanthropy, community building and inspiration that extended beyond the basketball court.”
The award is presented annually to “an individual, company or organization that has made an outstanding, innovative and visionary achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television as well as a substantial contribution to the greater Los Angeles area”
Spectrum SportsNet nominated Bryant for the award who spent 20 years with the Lakers and was part of five Lakers championships, 18 NBA All-Star appearances, and two Olympic games. Bryant also won an Oscar in 2018 for the animated short film Dear Basketball. He served as an executive producer for the Showtime documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse.
“He championed a number of worthy causes and critical issues, becoming an ambassador for women’s basketball, a mentor and youth advocate, and raised awareness of homelessness in Los Angeles,” said the Television Academy about Bryant.
Bryant passed away on January 26, 2020 when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed. His daughter Gianna also passed away with the six other people on board and the pilot.
Nominations for the 72nd annual LA Area Emmy were announced on Monday. The award will be presented during the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards which will stream on July 18, 7 p.m. PT on Emmys.com.