On Monday, 25th February 2020, all the stars both entertainers and sportsmen and women gathered the Staples Center to tribute Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “GiGi” Byrant at their public ‘Celebration of Life’ memorial.
The star-studded event was kicked off by iconic singer Beyonce who was joined by a special choir to perform two of her hit songs which were the later’s basketball legend’s favourites, “XO” and “Halo.”
The powerful performance was followed by Vanessa Byrant who earned a standing ovation as she stepped up to the podium to deliver a beautiful and emotional speech honoring her late husband and 13-year-old daughter.
After Vanessa Bryant speech, Alicia Keys took to the stage to deliver a stunning piano performance in honor of Kobe. Several speeches were also given during intervals at the memorial, from talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, two WNBA basketballers, Michael Jordan and Shaq O’Neal.
According to E! News, More than 20,000 people were able to attend the event, where proceeds from ticket sales would benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, which honors the legacy of both Kobe and Gianna. Other guests spotted include Kanye West, the Kardashian family, Dwyane Wade, Snoop Dogg, and Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Stephen Curry, James Harden amongst many others.
Attendees were also reported to have received a book filled with pictures of the Bryant family. The closing of the memorial program was a message from Kobe to his daughters. Pop star, Christina Aguilera closed out the memorial with her divine rendition of “Ave Maria”.
Watch the full memorial below.
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