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.”
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Beyonce followed that up with “Halo.”
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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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