Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter helped celebrate hubby Jay-Z‘s Barclays Center arena last night (September 28) as one of many A-listers in attendance.
Reports of her confirmed appearance hit the Internet early Saturday.
Jay-Z’s biggest fan was front and center at his show Friday night. Beyonce proudly watched her hubby perform at the grand opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 31-year-old mother to Blue Ivy, 8 months, enjoyed the nearly two hour show from the D’USSE VIP Lounge. She was “front and center,” a source tells Us Weekly . “She went crazy singing and dancing to every song.” (Us Magazine)
Addtional mega entertainers included sports athletes and fellow R&B diva Rihanna.
What did Jay-Z do last night? Oh, nothing much, just opened the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, of which he’s a minority owner. Is there anything he doesn’t do? Rihanna, Magic Johnson, Al Roker, Star Jones, Tyson Chandler, New York Giants star Victor Cruz and Nets head coach Avery Johnson joined in on the fun, which also included the opening of the exclusive 40/40 club at the arena. (Jay’s wife Beyonce was nowhere in sight.) (USA Today)
During last night’s showcase, Young Hov put on for his hometown with a slew of records an ode to the late Notorious B.I.G..
“Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of where I’m from,” Hov told the crowd before launching into the hard-hitting “Where I’m From” from his 1997 album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The homage didn’t stop there; next was the Santigold-sampling “Brooklyn We Go Hard” followed by a heartfelt cover of the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Kick in the Door” and then a crowd sing-a-long of Biggie’s first hit “Juicy.” After stripping off his bubble vest revealing a black Nets jersey with the number four on his chest (to commemorate his own December 4 birthday), the God MC tore through tracks like “99 Problems,” “Run This Town” and “Empire State of Mind” one by one. He even threw in a brand-new a cappella freestyle to the crowd’s delight. “Shooters on my team,no really I got shooters on my team,” he spit, making reference to his part ownership of the Nets and the street ties he still claims to carry. (RapFix)
The rap mogul also brought along a special Brooklyn vet to take center stage.
Another Brooklynite — Big Daddy Kane — made an appearance, performing songs like “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” and “Warm It Up, Kane.” He received a roaring cheer from the crowd when performing old-school dance moves with two dancers in all white. Jay-Z said Friday’s concert was incomparable to most of his other top-level performances, including the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. “Nothing feels like tonight,” he told the crowd multiple times. (Washington Post)