beyonce in concert mrs. carter show world tourLast night, after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the flurry of reaction was unavoidable. Many celebs made their feelings known -- most notably Beyonce, who was in the middle of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour concert in Nashville

About 30 minutes before the singer took the stage, news broke that Zimmerman was found not guilty of the second-degree murder charge. Thus, during the concert, the stage grew dark with just a few key lights shining as Bey said, “I’d like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon." Afterward, she sang a heartbreaking rendition of "I Will Always Love You," which lead into her own emotional track "Halo."

One concert-goer captured video of the poignant moment ...

 

Blue Ivy's mom was one of many celebs to react to the verdict with a heavy heart. Rihanna tweeted, "This is the saddest news ever!!! #whatsjustice #pray4theMartinFamily," while John Legend wrote, "My heart hurts." Nicki Minaj took a biting tone, tweeting, "And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica."

Meanwhile, rapper Young Jeezy released a song called, “It’s a Cold World (A Tribute to Trayvon Martin),” and on his Facebook page commented: “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.” And Russell Simmons tweeted, "No matter what, remain peaceful" and wrote a blog entry that said he'll be supporting the Trayvon Martin Foundation in helping to repeal laws like Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Simmons signed off, “God bless you little brother. Rest in peace.”

 

What do you think of Beyonce's tribute and the other ways celebrities reacted to the Zimmerman verdict?
 

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