Beyonce opens Kobe Bryant's memorial by singing 'XO,' one of Bryant's favorite songs

The memorial to Kobe and Gianna Bryant began in an inspiring way Monday. The memorial opened with Beyonce, who told attendees, “I’m here because I love Kobe,” before launching into one of Bryant’s favorite songs.

Beyonce then began singing “XO.”

Beyonce followed that up with “Halo.”

Beyonce was backed up by a chorus and an orchestra.

After Beyonce opened the event, Vanessa Bryant eulogized Kobe and Gianna in a moving speech.

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash in January. Fans gathered to put together a make-shift memorial outside the Staples Center in the days after Bryant’s death.

The Staples Center decided to host a memorial for Kobe, Gianna and the seven other victims of the crash. February 24 — or 2/24 — was chosen as the date of the memorial. Gianna Bryant wore No. 2. Kobe Bryant wore No. 24.

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