LOS ANGELES, California (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Grammy Awards pre-telecast ceremony opened with a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant.
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine killed in a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crash in Calabasas, California Sunday morning. He was 41-years-old.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed there were no survivors in the crash.
Interim Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. opened the ceremony where dozens of Grammys are handed out before the main show, telling attendees, “As most of you may know, we lost Kobe Bryant in a tragic helicopter accident today.”
“Since we are in his house, I would ask you to join me in a moment of silence,” Mason said.
Artists arriving at the show reacted to Bryant’s death and his influence.
Blues artist and Grammys nominee Keb’ Mo’ called Bryant’s death a huge loss.
“He’s just a huge role model,” Keb’ Mo’ said.
British artist Labrinth said it was insane news to hear.
“He’s been part of my life for a very long time… I couldn’t believe it.”
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