Beyonce, Jay-Z sitting for anthem wasn’t political

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé taking a seat during the Super Bowl national anthem wasn’t quite the political statement fans thought it was.  

TMZ posted video Sunday of Beyoncé, Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy sitting during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Many took their positions as a political statement, but in a discussion at Columbia University on Tuesday, Jay-Z set the record straight. 

“It actually wasn’t (a political statement). Sorry,” he said as the audience laughed. “It really wasn’t. What happened was it was not premeditated at all.”

During the Super Bowl video, Lovato was well into the “rockets’ red glare” portion of the song, as the famous family sat in their seats. The music mogul spoke on the importance of “context,” reminding listeners they had only seen a video clip without background information or comment from the Knowles-Carter crew.  

“TMZ can tell you anything without speaking to me,” he said. “If it was me, I’d say, ‘Yes, that’s what I’ve done.’ I think people know that about me.”

Jay-Z, Beyonce and their daughter Blue Ivy were in attendance at the Super Bowl.

Jay-Z explained that they arrived just as gospel singer Yolanda Adams was about to perform “America the Beautiful” and, as co-producer of the halftime show, he immediately jumped into “artist mode,” making last-minute sound adjustments and commenting on the performance to his wife. 

“The whole time we’re sitting there, we’re talking about the performance,” he explained. “Then right after that, Demi (Lovato) comes out and we’re talking about how beautiful she looked and how she sounds and what she’s going through in her life and to be on the stage, we’re so proud of her.”


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