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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Jay-Z enters new musical heights at Carnegie Hall

Updated: 2012-02-07T06:51:32Z
Rapper Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, performs on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Ticket sales from the Carnegie Hall shows will benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation and the United Way of New York.

As Jay-Z transitioned from hit song to hit song at a Carnegie Hall concert Monday night, so did the lighting, changing from red to white to blue.

The veteran rapper then performed his latest hit, "Glory," about his 1-month-old daughter with Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter.

"I didn't think I was going to make it through that one," he said, sounding emotional. "That was tough."

It was one of the many jams Jay-Z performed at New York's famed venue, his latest achievement in music domination.

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.

Jay-Z was joined by fellow New Yorkers Alicia Keys and Nas. He was backed by an orchestra of 30-plus 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.

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Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund


Who's Eligible: Students pursuing undergrad degrees

Award Amount: Varies

Due Date: June


Before the fame, he was Shawn Carter, a kid who struggled to rise above his circumstances. To give back, the rapper now known a Jay-Z has created a scholarship program designed for undergrads with demonstrated financial need. On top of fulfilling basic scholarship requirements of maintaining a 2.0 GPA, Shawn Carter Scholarship recipients must also fulfill community service requirements to maintain their award. It is closed for 2011 but keep looking for the 2012 award.

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