Jay-Z made history Monday night (Feb. 6) as he performed for a sold-out crowd at New York's famed Carnegie Hall venue. According to the New York Times, Hov shined on the first of his two-date (the second is Tuesday night) charity event benefitting the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, the charity whose president and chief executive is his Jay's mother, Gloria Carter.
Those who had money to spend (tickets were a $1,000 a pop), witnessed Jay-Z perform for the first time 'Glory,' his rap lullaby to his newborn child, Blue Ivy Carter. Backed by an orchestra conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson (of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), and also the Illadelphonics, an ensemble featuring Questlove of the Roots, the rap mogul performed several of his classic songs including "99 Problems," "Big Pimpin" and "Hardknock Life." Special guests included Nas (who performed "N.Y. State of Mind") and Alicia Keys (who joined Jay-Z for a moving orchestral version of "Empire State of Mind").
Overall, it was a fun night of hip-hop and history in the making.
Music/Lifestyle website She So Major has some good YouTube footage from Jay-Z's performance at Carnegie Hall. Check out his performance of "Glory" below: