July 14, 2013 12:25am PT by THR Staff
Beyonce Honors Trayvon Martin with Moment of Silence at Nashville Concert
Beyonce caps off her Mrs. Carter tour with a dramatic closer: “I Will Always Love You,” the song Whitney Houston turned into a worldwide smash, followed by “Halo,” Beyonce’s own signature ballad.
During her Saturday performance in Nashville, Tenn., the singer dedicated the encore to Trayvon Martin, calling for a moment of silence mere hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury, reports The Associated Press.
Beyonce was performing at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, which has a concert capacity of around 18,000.
Beyonce joined a growing chorus of music stars who reacted emotionally to the verdict. Among them: Rihanna, John Legend and Nicki Minaj, who tweeted, “And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica”
Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting the teen in February 2012. He was acquitted just before 10 p.m. EST on Saturday.
Watch the moment, caught on cell phone video, here.