Jay-Z, Beyonce and Aziz Ansari, photographed together backstage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in
Manchester, Tennessee on June 12, 2010.
That night Hov had performed
a blazing 90-minute set
to over 75,000 people as the day’s headlining act. Earlier Stevie Wonder had performed, and stayed side of stage for Jay’s set. “Wait till I tell my mama that Stevie Wonder stuck around for my set!” an ecstatic Hov told the crowd. The festival’s review in SPIN magazine crowned him “King of Bonnaroo” and declared that “every major worldwide music festival should probably keep him on retainer as headliner.”
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Jay-Z and Beyonce, photographed leaving
Pepolino Ristorante in
TriBeCa, after dining there with Steve Stoute on June 14, 2010.
The Monday evening dinner date topped off a busy weekend for the couple. On Friday Hov had headlined the “Isle of Wright Festival” on the Isle of Wright, located in the English Channel. They flew back to the States shortly after his performance, as he was due to headline the “Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival” in Tennessee the following day.
On Sunday the couple attended the “64th Annual Tony Awards”
in New York City and watched as the eleven-time-nominated Fela! won the trophies for “Best Choreography,” “Best Costume Design of a Musical,” and “Best Sound Design of a Musical.” Hov was a member of the Broadway musical’s production team alongside friends Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. Jay said that he joined the project as a producer for its Broadway run because he was inspired by the power of Kuti’s music and life story. “It’s an inspiration, about the power of music. Here’s a guy that’s on the other side of the world who was influenced by James Brown, who takes this thing and makes his own sort of genre of music,” Hov told MTV News on the musical’s opening night in November 2009. “I just think it’s fascinating.”