Jay-Z and his superstar wife Beyonce have found themselves surrounded by controversy after they remained seated during national anthem at the Super Bowl. While some saw it as a form of boycott or protest, the pair came out to rubbish the reports by claiming they were just in “artist mode”.
Pictures emerged of the celebrity couple and their eight-year-old daughter Blue Ivy in their seats as Demi Lovato performed The Star-Spangled Banner before the NFL’s showpiece event on Sunday – sparking reports they were trying to send a message.
Jay-Z has strongly denied staging a protest of any kind before the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in Miami.
When asked if it was attempt to send a message, he told TMZ: “It actually wasn’t. Sorry. It really wasn’t.”
The 50-year-old, who produced all the musical performances at Sunday’s Super Bowl in his deal with NFL as a “live entertainment strategist”, explained he and wife Beyonce jumped straight into “artist mode” when the singing started.
Jay-Z said that his attention was more focused on whether the sound levels were too low and what the TV cameras were picking up.
The music mogul added: “And then right after that, Demi comes out, and we’re talking about how beautiful she looks and how she sounds, and what she’s gone through in her life for her to be on the stage and we’re so proud of her.”
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