New York City Mayor Bloomberg has nixed a free surprise Jay-Z concert which was set to take place in Manhattan next week.
According to reports, once news of the secret June 21 show leaked the permit process was halted.
“There was discussion of a concert, and ultimately it was decided there would be no permit,” said Julianne Cho, spokeswoman for the Mayor’s film office. Sources told The Post that a permit for Jay-Z’s performance would have been granted only if organizers could keep the show secret, but word of the show leaked out yesterday. “Many permits are granted on the condition that the event is not made public beforehand for capacity and security reasons,” Cho said. “This event was made public.” (New York Post)
Further reports suggest that the secret performance would gain too much attention prior to Monday.
A Jay-Z performance on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater planned for Monday was axed by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting on Thursday. The NYPD had already asked organizers to front $100,000 to cover overtime for cops and city workers on the night. The concert was supposed to be a surprise, but word of it leaked out on Thursday, ending any chance at a permit. (DNA Info)
Last year’s 50 Cent Family Day celebration in Queens, New York was also called off by Mayor Bloomberg.
“The G-Unity Foundation and New York Restoration Project are deeply saddened and disappointed to learn that the permit for our upcoming Family Day event was not granted by the City,” a statement read. “As a result, Family Day — scheduled for August 30th — has been postponed until further notice.” (MTV)
Later this month, Jay-Z will be heading to the BET Awards where he leads all nominees.
Rapper Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, will compete in three categories at the 2010 BET Awards. They’re both nominated for video of the year, best collaboration and viewers’ choice. Jay-Z received two nominations in the video of the year category, which includes newcomers B.o.B and Melanie Fiona. Jay-Z is the top contender with five nominations; he’s also up for best male hip-hop artist. Beyonce, Fiona and Alicia Keys, who follow with four nods each, are all up for best R&B female artist. R&B crooner Trey Songz also received four nominations. (ABC News)
Check out some recent Jay-Z footage down below: