“The loss of Whitney Houston is painful,” the fellow R&B singer, 30, said Sunday in a statement, detailing how she first became acquainted with the Grammy winning superstar. “I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her.”
Beyonce continues of the “I Will Always Love You” singer’s incomparable vocal talent: “I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control.”
“So many of my life’s memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song,” she adds of Houston, who leaves behind daughter Bobbi Christina, 18. ” She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her.”
The 30-year-old star singer made her first public appearance since Blue Ivy‘s arrival in New York City last night, when she attended her husband Jay-Z‘s first performance at Carnegie Hall.
The rapper and industry mogul, 42, is performing there to benefit the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, with proceeds going to help fight poverty, boost on-time graduation rates in underserved NYC schools and help low-income students across New York’s five boroughs go to college.
The singer stunned onlookers in a red, curve-hugging Alice By Temperley dress and Christian Louboutin heels. The New York Daily News reports that Beyonce and Jay moved their celebration to the 40/40 Club, where they hosted an afterparty.
During his Carnegie set, with a 36-piece orchestra backing him up along with his 10-piece band, Jay-Z performed hits like “99 Problems” and “Big Pimpin’,” as well as reveling in his proud papa status with a performance of “Glory.”
You can see more photos on Beyonce’s website.
Jay-Z has rapped about making “the song cry,” and now it seems like he is aiming to get fans welling up with his latest song, a tribute to his newborn daughter.
The rapper and his wife, singer Beyonce, had a baby girl over the weekend, the couple announced in a statement Monday.
“We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012,” the pair say in a post on Beyonce‘s website. “Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 pounds and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”
Meanwhile, the New York City hospital where the couple welcomed their newborn has issued a statement of its own to denounce reports that Beyonce and Jay-Z received special treatment.
“Lenox Hill Hospital and its staff were delighted to welcome the Carter family for the birth of their firstborn on Saturday evening, but we are troubled by the misinformation being circulated in some news media reports,” the executive director of the Lenox Hill Hospital, Frank Danza, said in a statement Monday. “The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true. The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations. Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family.”
There were also rumors that a father was prevented from seeing his premature twin girls by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s security team, but Danza denies the reports. While the superstar couple did have their own security, “No security plan that we or the Carters’ security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and to date, no families have complained to the hospital about being denied access to the NICU.”
Danza adds that the hospital has “have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days.”
On Monday, Jay-Z focused on baby Blue by releasing a song titled “Glory” on his website “Life + Times,” along with a single statement: “Life just got REALLY good.”
Jay-Z rhymes on the song, which features B.I.C. – three guesses what those initials stand for – “The most amazing feeling I feel/words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real/baby, I paint the sky blue/my greatest creation was you.”
On the song, Jay says of his inspiration: “You’re a child of destiny/you’re the child of my destiny/you’re my child with the child from Destiny’s Child/that’s a hell of a recipe.” He adds at another point, “The most beautifulest thing in this world/is daddy’s little girl.”
The 42-year-old also appears to get surprisingly personal, considering how comparatively private the couple are. “You don’t know what swag is yet but you was made in Paris/and mama woke up the next day and shot an album package,” Jay-Z says on the track. “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/we was afraid you disappeared/but nah, baby, you magic.”
The 30-year-old singer’s daughter arrived via scheduled caesarean section at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City last night.
The couple’s close friend Gwyneth Paltrow confirmed the baby’s name on Twitter, writing: ‘Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already.’
Beyoncé’s 42-year-old rapper husband Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, was by her side during the birth, according to reports.
A source told Beyoncé’s hometown newspaper Houston Chronicle that ‘mother and baby are doing fine‘.
The baby’s middle name Ivy may be in reference to Beyoncé and Jay-Z‘s love of the number 4. They married on April 4, 2008, Beyoncé’s latest album is called 4 and the couple have matching tattoos of the roman numeral for 4 – IV – on their wedding fingers.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z were also born on September 4 and December 4 respectively.
Regarding Blue, Jay-Z has a trilogy of albums with the word in the title. The Blueprint was released in 2001 around the time he got together with Beyoncé, The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse came out in 2002 and The Blueprint 3 in 2009.
Despite initial confusion the baby was named Ivy Blue, E! reporter Ken Baker later clarified friends of the couple have confirmed the newborn was actually called Blue Ivy.
Paltrow also clarified the name to a confused Twitter follower: ‘It’s Blue Ivy Carter.’
And the singer’s younger sister Solange tweeted today: ‘The most beautiful girl in the world.’