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Beyonce performs ‘XO,’ ‘Halo’ to open up Kobe Bryant memorial event

Beyonce Knowles Carter honored her friend Kobe Bryant with one of his favorite songs

Kobe Bryant’s parents Joe and Pam Bryant arrive for a celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Kobe Bryant’s parents Joe and Pam Bryant arrive for a celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

Beyonce Knowles Carter opened up the Kobe Bryant memorial event Monday with a moving performance.

What happened?

  • Beyonce kicked off the “Celebration of Life event” — which was meant to honor Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and the seven others lost in a tragic helicopter crash — by performing her song “XO.”
  • Beyonce said “XO” was one of Kobe Bryant’s favorite songs.
  • Watch the performance below.
  • Beyonce then smoothly transitioned to singing “Halo,” another one of her songs as a way to honor Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant.