VIDEO: Jay-Z explains why he and Beyonce remained seated during national anthem at Super Bowl

David Caplan
February 05, 2020 - 12:09 pm

MIAMI (1010 WINS) -- Jay-Z broke his silence on Tuesday night, explaing that he, wife Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy did not remain seated during Demi Lovato's performance of the national anthem at the Super Bowl for political reasons, but merely because they were so focused on her performance. 


"It wasn't. Sorry," he said when asked at a panel discussion at Columbia University if his family's remaining in their seats was meant to convey a message. "It really wasn't."

He claims it was not a Colin Kaepernick-esque form of protest, but that they had merely gone into "artist mode."

"I'm looking at the show. 'Did the mic start? Was it too low to start?'" he said. "The whole time we're sitting there, we're talking about the performance. Then right after that, Demi comes out, and we're talking about how beautiful she looks and how she sounds and what she's gone through in her life for her to be on the stage. We're so proud of her."

He added, ""I didn't have to make a silent protest. If you look at the stage, the artists that we chose, Colombian Shakira, Puerto Rican J-Lo. We were making the biggest loudest protest of all."


While Lovato sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" -- during which U.S. soldiers currently serving in Qatar were shown on the stadium screens and a performance punctuated by a flyover of a military fighter jet -- the Carters remain seated, per video obtained by TMZ.

Jay-Z, a co-producer of the Pepsi Halftime Show, announced his Roc Nation company had entered a partnership with the NFL for events and social activism last year. The rapper received immediate backlash since he had become one of the biggest supporters of Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a fissure in the NFL when he decided to kneel when the national anthem was played before games to protest the killings of blacks by police officers.

Jay-Z's response was that he still supports protesting, kneeling and Kaepernick, but he’s also interested in working with the league to make substantial changes.

Representatives for Jay-Z and Beyoncé didn't immediately reply to emails seeking comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.