Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, photographed on the set of the Hype Williams-directed “Empire State of Mind” on the Red Stairs in Times Square by Lenny Santiago on September 30, 2009.
The video, which served as a visual New York love story, was released on October 30. The 5x Platinum-certified single itself was Hov’s highest-charting as a lead artist to date, spending five consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It was his fourth #1 single overall. At the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony the track won “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” and “Best Rap Song.”