Singer makes an entrance at Jigga's Carnegie Hall show in a form-fitting red dress.
By Gil Kaufman
There was no way Beyoncé was going to miss hubby Jay-Z's first gig at Carnegie Hall on Monday night. The new mom made a huge splash just walking into the show, her first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy Carter last month.
Wearing a form-fitting Alice by Temperley dress, 4-inch Christian Louboutin heels and holding a gold Alexander McQueen clutch, the singer looked in fighting form for her big night out. According to the New York Daily News, at an afterparty at Jay's 40/40 club, she reportedly said, "It was amazing," when asked about Jigga's show.
The newspaper said he chilled out after the concert by having a celery-and-champagne snack and threw his arms around Bey as she greeted him in the middle of the club just before midnight. They then went up to the VIP section and hung out with Nas and Santigold. It was the capper to a historic night for Jay, who filled the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall for the first of two benefit concerts for the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the United Way to raise money for gifted high school students who need financial assistance to attend college.
Backed by a full orchestra that included Roots drummer ?uestlove and Young Guru playing DJ, Hov took the stage just before 9 p.m. in a white tux jacket and holding a bottle of champagne. Jay began the night by shouting the iconic line from his 2003 song "Public Service Announcement" in which he declares "allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Hov."
Among the guests who joined him over the course of the show were Alicia Keys and Nas, but the one cameo everyone was waiting for was Blue's cooing in the song "Glory," which Jay released just days after his daughter's birth.