WASHINGTON — The Grammy's observed a moment of silence in remembrance of Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic helicopter crash the same day as the ceremony.
The pre-telecasted ceremony kicked off the show with the remembrance, and Interim Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. asked the star-studded event to honor the NBA legend.
"As most of you may know, we lost Kobe Bryant in a tragic helicopter accident today," he said to attendees before the show. "Since we are in his house, I would ask you to join me in a moment of silence."
Celebrities from all over have reacted to Bryant's death with an outpour of love and support. Such celebs include Washington Wizard's Bradley Beal and John Wall, who expressed disbelief at the star's passing.
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among the five total in a Southern California helicopter crash, according to ESPN.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the crash occurred in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles County fire officials said there were no survivors when the helicopter crashed.
Fans were seen laying down gifts, posters and flowers at the Staples Center, where Bryant dominated during his time as Laker. Chants of "Thank You Kobe!" were heard before the show, according to posts on social media.