JAY-Z Reveals the Real Reason He & Beyoncé Sat Through the Super Bowl National Anthem
Sunday, February 9, 2020
JAY-Z and Beyoncé remained seated as Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem at the 2020 Super Bowl last Sunday. The move was initially seen as an act of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, but now JAY-Z has revealed that wasn’t the case at all.
Speaking at Columbia University yesterday, Jay was asked whether the Super Bowl move was one of protest. “It actually wasn’t sorry,” he replied. The rap mogul then went on to explain that the two had gone into “artist mode,” and were concerned with the audio and technical aspects of Demi’s performance. “So I’m really just looking at the show. Did the mic start? Was it too low to start? Is there too many speakers on the floor?”
He continued to explain that they would never stage a political protest in front of their daughter. “And if anyone knows Blue. If we told her we were going to do something like that, you would’ve seen her tapping me a hundred times. She would say, ‘What time? Are we doing it? Are we doing now? Are we doing it now?’”
What’s more, as JAY-Z and his Roc Nation imprint collaborated with the NFL to co-produce the Super Bowl halftime show, he said that silent protests weren’t necessary — the diverse range of artists selected to perform (Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny) was a way of making “the loudest protest of all.”
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