Beyoncé bans photos of performance during Kobe Bryant memorial service

Beyoncé bans photos of performance during Kobe Bryant memorial service

- The family and friends of the late Kobe Bryant honoured his life and that of his daughter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

- Various celebrities and former teammates paid tribute to the star with musicians performing at the event

- Beyoncé raised eyebrows when she banned photos of her performance from being taken

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The Celebration of Life event to honour the memory of the late Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant was held at the Staples Center on Monday, 24 February.

Various celebrities spoke at the event including Kobe's widow, Vanessa, who paid a touching tribute to her late husband.

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There were also performances from several big artistes such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Christiana Aguilera, who moved the crowd with their beautiful tributes.

What seemed to irritate many was the order by Beyoncé for no photos to be taken during her performances of the songs Halo and XO.

Photo agencies were not told of the request beforehand and were stunned when one staff member set camp in front of the photographers, preventing them from taking photos.

The orders are said to have disgusted many people who believed that the star was acting like a diva on the night, something she is known to do.

"It is so offensive to Kobe’s family and the fans, Beyoncé is so controlling of her image, she usually allows approved and selected images of her to be released — so no photographers at the Kobe memorial were allowed to take her pictures. Really, at a memorial? Not even the family of Michael Jackson did that."

The beautiful event saw Kobe and his daughter's life honoured.

24 February represent Kobe's Laker's jersey number (24) and Gianna's Mamba Sports Academy jersey number (2) for the month of February.

Kobe's widow Vanessa has also moved to court to sue the company that owned the helicopter in which Kobe, Gianna and seven others died.

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Vanessa accused the company of allowing the helicopter to fly in unsafe conditions.

Court papers reveal the family believe that the pilot flew at excessive speed for the prevailing weather conditions.

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