Christina Aguilera Gives Stirring Performance of “Ave Maria” at Kobe Bryant Memorial

Christina Aguilera has celebrated the life of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

The 39-year-old half-Ecuadorian American took the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Monday to deliver an emotional performance of “Ave Maria” at the Celebration of Life ceremony for the late NBA great and his 13-year-old daughter,who tragically died in a helicopter crash nearly a month ago.

Christina Aguilera

Aguilera performed the iconic song in Italian while her backing string arrangement pulled on the heartstrings of the memorial’s star-studded audience, including Beyoncé, who performed the powerful duo of “XO” and “Halo” at the start of the event. 

Aguilera wore a black suit jacket with lace-detailed sleeves and wide-legged trousers while letting her voice fill the arena, Bryant’s home for nearly 20 years as a member of the LA Lakers.

Bad Bunny Releases Kobe Bryant Tribute Single “6 Rings”

Bad Bunny is honoring Kobe Bryant through music…

The 25-year-oldPuerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer paid tribute to the former Los Angeles Lakersshooting guard who passed away Sunday morning by releasing a new single, “6 Rings.”

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny took to Instagramto share part of the audio of the melancholic track in which he sings, “I still remember the first game of yours I witnessed, the excitement and the many times you got me on my feet … You showed me that everything in life is done with passion. To win, you have to have a heart.”

Bad Bunny released the track a day after Bryant — a five-time NBAchampion — his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

The six rings Bad Bunny refers to in the song are Bryant’s five championship rings plus his marriage ring. 

“Congratulations, you also won 6 rings … Five in the NBA, a marriage that gave you your daughters. Thinking that one left with you makes me lose control, but, nah it’s for you to have someone play with in heaven,” sings Bad Bunny. 

Before releasing the track, Bad Bunny paid respects to Bryant in a heartfelt Instagram post, saying “I would never have imagined that this would hurt me so much! I still remember the first time I saw a basketball game, at age 7 with my dad, and it was a game of this genius. From that day on he became my favorite player forever!! I have never mentioned it because it does not necessarily have to do with music, but this man has been an inspiration in many ways for me to be what I am today.”

Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three other daughters.