It was a night of many firsts for Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce, when the hip-hop mogul hit the stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the first time ever on Monday night – making him the second hip hop act to ever perform at the famed venue. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001 with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston.
The night also included the rapper’s first live performance of his latest hit, Glory, about his one month old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, who he dedicated the song to.
During the sold out show to appox 2800 fans, Jay-Z was joined on stage by artists Alicia Keys and Nas. He also was backed by a 36 piece orchestra and a band that included Questlove of The Roots, and Young Guru playing DJ.
The Grammy-winning artist performed more than two dozen hits during the 90 minute show, including “Empire State of Mind”, “Hard Knock Life,” ”99 Problems” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” He also made sure to give a big shout out to Super Bowl Champs, The New York Giants.
The show was one of two for charity planned this week, benefiting the United Way of New York City and Jay-Z’s own Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
In other firsts, the evening marked new mom Beyonce’s first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy. Wearing a figure hugging red Alice by Temperley dress, an Alexander McQueen cluth, and sky high platform Christian Louboutin heels, the “Bootylicious” singer looked stunning as ever!
Following the concert, the pair headed to the after party at the 40/40 Club, where they celebrated the night. Speaking about the show, Beyonce said, “it was amazing.”
Peep Jay-Z’s performing “Glory” here:
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