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Beyonce pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at Global Citizen Festival

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

Leading an all-star line up, American honoured the life and legacy of former of South Africa, at the on Sunday (local time).

Held at the Johannesburg's FNB stadium, the concert witnessed performances by Ed Sheeran, and It was the climax of a year of events as they celebrated the hundredth year of Mandela's birth in 1918.

Sailing her brilliance to new heights, the 'Crazy in Love' brought the crowd to its feet and even triggered tears with her smash hit 'XO', reported

Before commencing the event, she wrote a letter dedicated to Nelson writing, "Your kindness and gratitude for every experience and your ability to forgive are lessons I have learned and will pass on to my three children. My entire family holds you in high regard."

Ahead of the concert, co-host also hailed Mandela's "goodness and integrity", describing him as her favourite mentor.

Mandela, who was imprisoned for decades under South Africa's apartheid regime, led the country's transformation into a multi-racial democracy and was elected its He died at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013.

With an aim to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, the Global Citizen initiative has staged events in other world cities including London, Brussels, and

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 10:35 IST