AceShowbiz - Christina Aguilera has delivered one memorable performance at Kobe Bryant's public memorial. Taking the Staples Center stage during the Celebration of Life ceremony in honor of the late NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter, the five-time Grammy Award winner left people in tears with her rendition of "Ave Maria".
Surrounded by red roses and dozens of white candles, the "Lady Marmalade" singer was accompanied by an orchestra as she performed the Italian version of Franz Schubert's classic composition. She was the final performer to pay respect at the memorial which was attended by over 20,000 people.
For the Monday, February 24 performance, the "Genie in a Bottle" hitmaker donned a crisp black suit jacket with lace sleeves. She paired her somber top with wide-legged trousers, had her platinum hair worn down with middle parting, and opted to go with her signature deep red lipstick.
While Christina performed last, Beyonce Knowles kicked start the memorial event. The "Formation" singer sang a heartfelt rendition of "XO". Claiming that the track was one of Kobe's "favourite songs," the 38-year-old told the audiences, "I'm here 'cause I love Kobe." Rocking a gold suit, she also delivered "Halo" from her 2008 album, "I Am... Sasha Fierce".
Another singer paying tribute with a solemn performance was Alicia Keys. Wearing a purple attire with her hair tied in a bun, she played Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on the piano instead of singing. She was accompanied by a string quartet for the performance.
During the memorial, Kobe's widow Vanessa Bryant thanked people for the love and support in the wake of Kobe and Gianna's passing. "Thank you all so much for being here. It means so much to us...," she said. "The outpouring of love and support that my family has felt from around the world has been so uplifting. Thank you so much for all your prayers..."
She went on to note, "God knew they couldn't be on this Earth without each other." Concluding her speech, she added, "He had to bring them home to have them together. Babe, you take care of our Gigi... We love and miss you Boo Boo and GiGi. May you both rest in peace and have fun in heaven until we meet again one day."