Interim Recording Academy Chief Leads Moment of Silence for Kobe Bryant at 2020 Grammys Premiere Ceremony

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Kobe Bryant hosts a Kobe A.D. event at MAMA Gallery on Nov. 1, 2016 in Los Angeles.

The Recording Academy's interim CEO and board chair, Harvey Mason Jr., asked for a moment of silence in honor of Kobe Bryant at the 2020 Grammy Awards' Premiere Ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday (Jan. 26). 

News of the legendary NBA player's shocking death came just before the afternoon ceremony, where the first awards of the day were presented. Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., Sunday morning at age 41.

"Since we are in his house I would ask you to join me in a moment of silence," Mason, who is leading the organization while CEO/president Deborah Dugan is on administrative leave, said from the stage at the Microsoft Theater.

Outside of the Grammy Awards' Premiere Ceremony -- which was hosted by Imogen Heap -- Cardi B, Drake, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Lil Wayne and many more artists paid tribute to Bryant on social media on Sunday.

Ahead of the night's televised ceremony, the Billboard Grammys Pre-Show, hosted by Chelsea Briggs and singer Bryce Vine, will stream live on Twitter from 5:30 p.m. ET until 8:30 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned for's complete coverage of the 2020 Grammys, including our live Grammys pre-show that begins on Sunday (Jan. 26) at 5:30PM ET.

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