Your morning briefing: What you should know for Monday, January 27

Jason Collie


Kobe Bryant death overshadows Grammys

Tributes to Kobe Bryant have dominated the Grammy Awards ceremony after iconic basketball star’s death in a helicopter crash.

LA Lakers star Bryant and eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were killed in the accident in southern California yesterday.

The Grammys was held in the Staples Center, where the Lakers play, and host Alicia Keys said the ceremony was cloaked in sadness.

She said all the helicopter crash victims were "in our spirit, our hearts, they're in our prayers, they're in this building".

Fans also gathered outside the Staples Center to pay tribute to the 41-year-old Bryant, leaving flowers and wreathes.


Billie Eilish wins the big four grammys

During the ceremony itself, Billie Eilish won all four major categories, taking the album, song, record and new artist of the year awards.

She earned her trophies for her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and the single Bad Guy.

Lil Nas X also had a successful night, scoring two Grammys for best music video and best pop duo/group performance.


All UK coronavirus tests negative but death toll in China rises

More than 50 people have now been tested for coronavirus in the UK although all tests have proved negative.

As of yesterday afternoon, 52 people across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been tested for the deadly flu-like virus.

The current risk to the public remains low, the department said, adding that the Government is continuing to monitor the situation closely.

England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said there was a "fair chance" cases would emerge in Britain as the overall number reported around the world climbed to about 2,744 including 80 deaths, which have all occurred in China.


Snow and -10 temperatures forecast

The coldest night of winter so far is being forecast for tonight with temperatures as low as -10C.

Snow is forecast for the highlands and high-level areas of northern England, where yellow weather warnings for ice are in place.

Ice is also expected to sweep the rest of the country throughout the day, even reaching the south coast.

Overnight temperatures will range from -10C in sheltered areas of Scotland, to between -1C and -2C in Cornwall and Dorset.


Corrie bosses unveil plot for 10,000th episode

The 10,000th episode of Coronation Street will take fans on a trip down memory lane as a number of characters head to Blackpool for a day trip.

The milestone instalment of the ITV soap on February the 7th will entertain viewers in a "funny, poignant and characterful" way, and the show's boss has promised it will be a "great exhibition" of the programme's classic qualities.

The special hour-long episode sees a shocked Rita receiving a parcel containing the ashes of her estranged husband Dennis Tanner along with a note requesting she scatter them in Blackpool.


On this day…

1596: Sir Francis Drake died at sea off Panama.

1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg.

1778: Joseph Bramah patented the valved flush toilet.

1832: Lewis Carroll, children's author, was born in Daresbury, near Warrington, as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

1879: Edison patented his electric lamp.

1926: John Logie Baird gave a public demonstration of television to members of the Royal Institution in London.

1945: Auschwitz, the largest and deadliest Nazi concentration complex, was liberated by the Soviet Army.

1973: America signed a ceasefire to end its military action in Vietnam.

1992: Gennifer Flowers accused Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton of being a liar after he denied having a 12-year affair with her.