During the Tuesday, June 14, stop on her Formation World tour, Beyoncé dedicated her performance of “Halo” to the families of the Orlando shooting victims.
Before singing her 2008 ballad to the crowd at Detroit’s Ford Field, she stopped to remember those who were killed during the mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in the early hours of Sunday, June 12. Gunman Omar Mateen, 29, showered bullets on the clubgoers, killing 49 and injuring at least 53.
“This next song is about love,” the singer, 34, said before closing the show with the tribute. “And I’d like to dedicate it to all the family members of those who lost their lives in Florida.”
The dedication also perhaps included former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, who died last weekend in Florida after a man shot her during a meet-and-greet at the Plaza Live theater. With lyrics like “Baby I can see your halo / You know you’re my saving grace,” the song was a touching commemoration of those who passed away.
Beyoncé joins the many celebs who have paid tribute to those affected by the tragedy. Adele dedicated her Belgium concert to the victims and broke down in tears. Paul McCartney, Queen, Adam Lambert, Elton John, the Dixie Chicks and more have all performed onstage tributes as well.
That wasn’t the only sweet gesture from the Lemonade songstress during her time in Michigan. She also helped raise more than $82,000 for the residents of Flint, who are in the midst of a water crisis, by giving fans the option to donate when purchasing tickets to her tour.
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