A month after giving birth to Blue Ivy, new mom Beyonce is back on her feet. Or, should we say, back in her Louboutins.
The 30-year-old star singer made two public appearances since Blue Ivy’s arrival in New York City, when she attended her husband Jay-Z’s performance at Carnegie Hall.
On the first night, she wore a red cocktail dress and last night she stunned everyone with a blue sequinned dress with a sweetheart neckline.
The Grammy-winning rapper, born Shawn Carter, started off in a black-and-white tuxedo, bowtie and black sunglasses, commanding the stage with confidence in somewhat unfamiliar territory: The audience was mostly men in suits or tuxedos, and women in conservative dresses. About 2,800 people filled the hall.
He was joined by fellow New Yorkers Alicia Keys and Nas. He was backed by a 36 piece orchestra and a band that included Questlove of The Roots and neo-soul singer Bilal. It was one of two shows for charity planned this week.
Though some tickets were sold to the public, most were offered in a private sale, going from $500 to $2,500. The proceeds will benefit the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, which helps low-income students cover college costs. Students from Jay-Z’s foundation also attended the show.
The 42-year-old rapper couldn’t resist a gushy dedication to his daughter, telling the audience: “Put a hand in the air for Blue,” before belting out Glory, which he wrote especially for his daughter.
The rapper is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001 with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston.