Beyoncé gave a touching performance at Kobe and Gigi Bryant’s sold-out public memorial at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles yesterday with a heartfelt rendition of her songs “XO” and “Halo”. "I'm here, because I love Kobe, and this was one of his favourite songs," said Beyoncé during her performance of "XO." "So I want to start that over, but I want us to do it all together, and I want you to sing it so loud that they hear your love."
The memorial service paid tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna “Gigi”, 13, who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash last month in Calabasas, California.
In honour of Kobe’s NBA team, Beyoncé wore a gold-tone yellow suit complemented by purple nails and jewellery to represent the L.A. Lakers team colours for the event.
Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant also took to the stage to give a heartfelt eulogy for her late husband and daughter, marking the first time that she has spoken publicly about her loss. "I won't be able to tell her how gorgeous she looks on her wedding day. I'll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy, have babies of her own," she said about the loss of Gigi.
And to her beloved husband of 20 years, Vanessa said through tears, "Babe, you take care of our Gigi, and I got Noni, BB, and Coco. We are still the best team. We love and miss you, booboo and Gigi. May you both rest in peace, and have fun in heaven until we meet again."
The service included tribute speeches from Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Alicia Keys and Diana Taurasi.
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