Beyoncé Respectfully Changes Lyrics at Kobe Bryant Memorial Performance

Beyoncé pays her respects to Kobe and Gianna Bryant after their tragic deaths.

Monday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the “Crazy in Love” singer took the stage at the memorial service honoring the nine victims of the January 26 Calabasas helicopter crash.

However, during her performance of “XO,” the 38-year-old changed a few of the original lyrics that could have been viewed as problematic.

Instead of "And I’m crashing into you," she changed the line to, "And I'm laughing into you."

Additionally, instead of singing, "You kill me boy XO," she sang "Just kiss me boy XO."

Before her set — in which she was backed by a choir and live musicians — Jay-Z’s wife revealed the close connection she had with the famed athlete.

"I'm here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs, so I want to start that over, but I want us to do it all together and I want you to sing it so loud they hear your love,” she said.

The 38-year-old also belted out her 2009 ballad “Halo” with the added line, "He will be your, she will be your halo" — a reference to Kobe and Gianna.

Before exiting the stage, the acclaimed musician told Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother Vanessa, “I love you.”

The songstress was also seen comforting Vanessa during Michael Jordan’s tearful eulogy.

Last month, Beyoncé honored the former Los Angeles Lakers player and his daughter on Instagram, writing, “I will continue to diligently pray for your Queens. You are deeply missed beloved Kobe.”


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