There was a wide range of reactions by celebrities after jurors cleared neighborhood-watchman George Zimmerman late Saturday of all charges in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
So after the verdict was read, Beyonce took a moment of silence which was shortly followed by “I Will Always Love You” (written by country singer Dolly Parton and sang by the late Whitney Houston) to honor the slain teen during her Mrs. Carter World Tour concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
The singer’s concert started about 30 minutes after the Zimmerman verdict began to circulate.
“I’d like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon,” the pop star said as the stage grew dark with just a few key lights shining. She then sang only the chorus of the iconic singer’s (I will always love you) hit-track before transitioning into her hit “Halo” single.
Watch the tribute below:
It was just one of several reactions from celebrities and artists following Zimmerman’s acquittal by a six-woman jury. Much of it focused on the perceived outrage of the situation. But others had more poignant responses.
Rapper Young Jeezy posted a new song, “It’s a Cold World (A Tribute to Trayvon Martin),” to his Facebook page with a comment:
“I am in no way shape, form, or fashion … trying to capitalize off of the latest series of events. These are my true feelings and my form of expression about it.”
Plus, reports are saying that protesters did some damage late Saturday and early Sunday in Tallahassee, Fla., Atlanta and California.