Beyonce performs “XO” and “Halo” to open Kobe Bryant Memorial: “This was one of his favorite songs”

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Beyonce opened the Kobe Bryant Memorial at the Staples Center on Monday with an emotional performance of “XO.”

“I’m here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs,” she said before asking the crowd to join her in re-singing the opening lines. The singer wore tons of diamonds and a gorgeous gold suit for the tribute.

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She followed it up with a choir-backed rendition of “Halo” and seemed to acknowledge Vanessa Bryant who crying in the crowd and nodded in approval when Beyonce finished her heart-wrenching performance.

Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gigi Bryant and seven others on January 26 while they were en route to a basketball game.

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The celebration of life was open to the approximately 20,000 people who were fortunate enough to snag tickets. The proceeds of the ticket sales go directly to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.

Check out the performance:

 

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