Vanessa Bryant Says She Misses Kobe Bryant, Gets Emotional Receiving Award At Charity Event Vanessa Bryant was honored at the annual Baby2Baby charity event over the weekend. Bryant was given the Giving Tree Award, which honors a mother with a notable public presence who advocates on the behalf of children. The award was presented to Vanessa by her best friend, Ciara. As Bryant accepted the award she was emotional as she remembered her late husband. “I have to start by saying how much I miss my perfect date tonight,” she said. “My husband Kobe loved attending Baby2Baby galas. With his big smile, he would look at me and say, ‘Babe, this is freaking awesome. Tonight I’m your plus one, baby!'” How did you cope the first year after losing a partner? What helped you get through the difficult time?