News: Diddy, Rihanna, Kanye West & More Ignite Jay-Z's 9/11 Charity Concert [Video]
Saturday, Sep 12, 2009 7:30AM
Diddy, Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyonce and more help support Jay-Z's Answer The Call 9/11 charity concert in New York City last night (September 11) by hitting the stage at Madison Square Garden to perform their hits.
Jay paid homage to his country prior to going into his stash box of number one singles.
The Pledge of Allegiance kicked off the show, followed by "The Star-Spangled Banner" infused with an electric guitar. Jay-Z continued with his own New York anthems -- including "Empire State of Mind"; "Where I'm From," a song about his upbringing in the Marcy housing projects complex; and "Brooklyn Go Hard," a collaboration with alternative singer Santigold. (Associated Press)
Hov also made sure to remind fans about the main purpose for his one-night only concert.
On stage at the Garden he told the sold-out house of 18,000: "Let's not forget in 2001 terrorists attacked New York City and took down our towers. They thought it would weaken us, they were sadly mistaken. We stand here tonight even stronger. This is my town." (New York Post)
The rapper then proceeded to unleash a fury of Grammy-winning performers as surprise guests.
Pop princess Rihanna joined Jay and Kanye West on stage for their hit single "Run This Town." This marks Rihanna's return to performing on the big stage since her highly publicized dispute with Chris Brown. Kanye treated the crowd to some of his very own hits with "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and "Good Life." Beyonce also turned up to help her husband in what he called 'a celebration of life.' She appeared on stage with several backing dancers and performed her single "Diva." Others on hand for the big night included John Mayer, who played guitar on Jay-Z's auto-tune killing buzz cut "D.O.A.," Mary J Blige, Kid Cudi, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell and Diddy. (Neon Limelight)
Prior to the event, Hov explained the importance behind his charity concert in a press conference late last month.
"I wanna thank all the guys on the panel for being here," Hov said a the press conference. "I especially wanna thank [former Def Jam executive] Kevin Liles because an idea isn't anything without execution so he put this together -- I turned on the T.V. September 12th  and I saw footage of these heroic actions, people running into buildings, saving each other and I just saw the strength of New York and it made me proud. So as I was embarking on putting out this Blueprint 3, it was only right to release it the day. This is my chance to help out so I thank all these guys up here helping me see that vision. Kevin Liles, the governor and everybody, I really appreciate this and we gonna have a great time and bring in ear plugs because it's gonna get loud." (Rap Radar)
Check out a portion of the show below: