More than 20,000 family, friends, and fans gathered at L.A.’s Staples Center on Monday to celebrate the lives of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna at a “Celebration of Life.”
Beyoncé kicked off the tribute with an emotional performance. Wearing a gold pantsuit in honor of No. 24, she opened with “XO.”
“I’m here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs,” said Bey before restarting the performance. “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 they can hear your love.”
She continued the seven-minute set with the touching “Halo” with its poignant lyrics: “Standing in the light of your halo / I got my angel now.”
“I love you,” said Bey as she blew a kiss and looked up to the sky before acknowledging Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant, who was seen clapping from her seat.
Watch the emotional tribute below.