The ceremony pauses to remember the athlete...

The tragic death of Kobe Bryant cast a shadow over the Grammy Awards last night (January 26th).

The basketball legend died in a helicopter crash, with the shocking news causing international headlines.

The Grammy Awards takes place in Los Angeles venue the Staples Center - a place where Kobe broke so many records with the LA Lakers.

His death was reflected in the show itself, with host Alicia Keys paying an emotional tribute to the sporting icon during her opening monologue.

The singer then joined with Boyz II Men for a musical salute to Kobe's life and achievements:

News of Kobe's passing sparked a wave of tributes from those in attendance:

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