Beyoncé Opens Kobe Bryant Memorial with Emotional Musical Tribute

Beyoncé performed an emotional tribute at Kobe Bryant’s public memorial.

Thousands of mourners have gathered at a sold-out Stables Center to say farewell to the basketball superstar and his daughter Gianna. Kobe and Gianna Bryant died along with seven others on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash.

“I’m here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs,” she said after singing the first few lines of the song. She then asked the audience to sing with her as she began to sing the song again from the beginning.

Following “XO,” the singer also sang a rendition of her song “Halo.”