After being slammed by fans for allegedly disrespecting the nation, the rapper, 50, explained during a Columbia University Q&A that he and his wife, 38, were so entranced by Demi Lovato’s breathtaking performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” that they forgot to stand.
“It actually wasn’t, sorry. If I wanted to make a statement, I’d tell you,” he said when asked if he meant to convey a signal with his actions. “I’d say, ‘Yes, that’s what I’ve done.’ I think people know that about me.”
JAY-Z then said that when he, Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy arrived to watch the San Francisco 49ers play against the Kansas City Chiefs, the show was about to start, so they immediately jumped into their artistic mindsets.
“My wife was with me and so she says to me, ‘I know this feeling right here.’ Like, she’s super nervous because she’s performed at Super Bowls before… I haven’t,” he said. “So, we get there, and we immediately jump into artist mode… now I’m really just looking at the show. Did the mic start? Was it too low to start? I had to explain to them [that] as an artist, if you don’t feel the music, you can’t really reach that level.”