On Sunday 1/26/20, Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter
along with 7 additional passengers and crew were killed in a helicopter
accident in California. Kobe Bryant was an NBA great and considered an
inspiration to many. The accident was confirmed and publicized as the
62nd Annual Grammy Awards were about to take place. The Grammy team
jumped into action and immediately adjusted the schedule, layout, and
many details for the evening broadcast. Please research online and
respond to the following. Use credible sources and include links where
1. Large crowds descended upon the Staples Center to pay tribute to
Kobe Bryant. What risk(s) did this situation pose for the Grammy
Awards? What was done to ensure the safety of all in attendance?
2. The red carpet at large events is a carefully designed and timed
portion of the event. News of the tragedy spread quickly and
broadcasters quickly adjusted their live coverage. What was noticeably
different from the red carpet in the 2020 broadcast across media
outlets? Do you feel the Grammy organization had an obligation to
inform or make suggestions to the media about their coverage of the red
carpet or event?
3. Live broadcasts always come with challenges. There were many
changes made to the live broadcast of the Grammy Awards in 2020 out of
respect for the lives lost earlier that day. Research one edit to
programming that was made between rehearsal and the live broadcast. Did
the event planners and producers of the show do a good job executing
the edit? Why?