Beyoncé Opens Kobe Bryant Memorial With Heartrending Performance Of 'XO' And 'Halo'

attends the City of Hope Spirit of Life Gala 2018 at Barker Hangar on October 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

Beyoncé Opens Kobe Bryant Memorial With Heartrending Performance Of 'XO' And 'Halo'

The Queen Bey topped the performance off with a sweet gesture to Vanessa Bryant.

Published February 24th

Written by Danielle Ransom

Fans and celebrities alike descended up the Staples Center in Los Angeles for “A Celebration of Life: Remembering Kobe and Gianna Bryant” on Monday (Feb. 24). The memorial began with a snapshot of interviews that Bryant had done over the years before it segued into the first performance of the day. 

  1. Backed up by a choir and orchestra, Beyoncé came out on stage dressed in a golden pantsuit where she sang renditions of “XO” and “Halo.” 

    “I'm here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs. 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 he’ll hear your love,” Beyoncé said before she resumed performing “XO.” 

    At the end of the emotional performance she blew a kiss and mouthed “I love you” to Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, as she exited the stage.  

    See a snippet from Bey's moving performances of "XO" and "Halo" below: 

(Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for City of Hope)

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