On Friday night in Brooklyn, New York, music icon Jay-Z hosted a huge event with the official grand opening of the Barclays Center.
Hosting a sold-out crowd of over 18,000, such luminaries in the building included Brooklyn Nets players Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, as well as Star Jones, Magic Johnson, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, Pharrell, J Cole, Al Roker, New York Knicks Center Tyson Chandler, and several others.
Pop songstress Rihanna was spotted on Thursday night, as she rocked a pair of pajamas for the opening of the 40/40 Club.
Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce, originally rumored not to be in attendance, was indeed inside of the arena, as rumors of her pregnancy continue to linger. It should be noted, however, that Jay-Z, 42, has strongly denied that Beyonce, 31, is with his second child.
Another special presentation saw Jay-Z introduce legendary rapper Biggie Smalls via a hi-tech video. Other reports state that the stage Jay-Z performed on ran for an estimated $400,000.
It was obviously as special night for Jay-Z, who grew up just minutes from the arena.
While on stage, Jay-Z sang such hits as “Brooklyn Go Hard”, “Big Pimpin”, “99 Problems” and “Empire State of Mind” as he seemed to be soaking up the moment.
Expect much more news on the Barclays Center in the coming days.
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