Peforming at Carnegie Hall on Monday night, veteran rapper Jay-Z performed his latest hit, "Glory," about his 1-month-old daughter with Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter (video below).
"I didn't think I was going to make it through that one," he said. "That was tough."
Jay-Z 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.
Ticket prices went 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.