As world leaders and celebrities like Bono and Forest Whitaker were preparing for the former South African leader's memorial in Pretoria, Jay Z offered up his own thoughts about one of his heroes onstage at the Staples Center.
He dedicated Young Forever to Mandela, who died on 5 December (13), calling him "a great man who spent 27 years in prison and came out to be president".
A photo of the late leader was then beamed onto a huge screen above the stage.
Jay Z also paid tribute to Mandela last week, just hours after news of the icon's death was confirmed. In a post on his website, the rap star wrote, "All our dreams are possible. Tonight I'm living my dream in front of y'all. So anybody out there got a dream, y'all chase that mo'f**ker down as hard as you can. Let that great man stand as an example of what you can do."