Celebrities turn out in force at Kobe Bryant’s memorial


Jennifer Lopez’s face said it all while Vanessa Bryant spoke about daughter Gianna and husband Kobe Bryant during the memorial for the two held Monday.

Tears streamed down the entertainer’s face and her lower lip trembled as she tried to hold it together, fiancé Alex Rodriguez by her side.

At the memorial, celebrities and sports stars dotted the floor seats at Staples Center.

Jimmy Kimmel served as emcee for the service, which Beyoncé opened with two songs. Alicia Keys, clad in purple, performed a version of “Moonlight Sonata.” Bryant had once told agent Rob Pelinka he would attempt to learn the Beethoven number by ear to get through a trip where he was missing his wife and family, Pelinka said.

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kris Jenner sat all in a row; Gabrielle Union accompanied retired NBA husband Dwyane Wade.

Snoop Dogg was there, his eyes hidden, as so many people’s were, behind dark sunglasses. Christina Aguilera sang “Ave Maria.” “That was beautiful — and in Italian as well,” Kimmel noted after her powerhouse performance.

Among the Lakers-related faces in the audience: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Phil Jackson, Jerry West, Rick Fox and LeBron James. Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors was there, as was retired Boston Celtics star Bill Russell. Other NBA players who were on hand included James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Kuzma and Demar DeRozan.

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