Jay-Z rocked Carnegie Hall on Monday night, giving a shout out to his baby girl Blue Ivy with a live performance of their duet, Glory. Beyonce also made a rare appearance at the fundraiser. (PHOTO: REUTERS / Mike Segar).
Beyoncé wasn't the only attraction at Jay-Z's Carnegie Hall show on Monday night.
The other highlight was the proud father's shout out to baby Blue Ivy Carter, who received a special dedication from Jay-Z and his first live performance of their duet, Glory.
In a video (below) captured by MTV, Jay-Z can be seen shouting One hand in the air for Blue! before starting the song.
The 42-year-old rapper was on hand Monday night for the first of two benefit concerts for the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the New York City chapter of United Way. Proceeds from the pricey Carnegie Hall event (minimum ticket price $500) will assist talented high school students who cannot afford college tuition.
Jay-Z was also joined by Alicia Keys, Nas and a full orchestra that included The Roots' drummer ?uestlove.
According to MTV, HOVA arrived on stage in a tux, holding a gold bottle of Ace of Spades champagne, and appropriately stating Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Hov (and later admitting to the sold out crowd that it was only tea).
Despite her high profile arrival (it was her first post-baby appearance), Beyoncé, 30, remained in her seat during the show. The sold out audience also included Liza Minnelli and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.
While Jay-Z belted out hits like U Don't Know, Empire State of Mind and Hard Knock Life, nothing really compared to his performance of Glory.
I didn't think I was gonna make it through that one, that was tough, Jay-Z said after the song.
The doubleheader Carnegie Hall gig comes exactly one month after the much-anticipated and much talked about birth of Blue Ivy Carter. Professionally known as B.I.C., Blue Ivy also makes an appearance on the song, which was recorded just hours after her birth on Jan. 7.
Hello Hello Baby Blue! We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support, Jay-Z and Beyonce wrote in a joint statement at the time.
Scroll down to watch Jay-Z perform Glory at New York City's legendary Carnegie Hall. The second show is on Tuesday night.
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(Courtesy of MTV)