Moments before Beyoncé and JAY-Z hit the stage at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina Tuesday night (Aug. 21) for their “On The Run II Tour” concert, the couple was presented with a gift from the city’s mayor.
Recognizing the couple for their humanitarian and cultural contributions, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin honored Hip-Hop’s royal couple with a key to the city.
The mayor (pictured above with JAY-Z), who got to spend some one-on-one time with the couple before the big show, said he also proclaimed the day “Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Shawn Carter Day” across Columbia, according to a post on his Twitter account.
“Late night but what an incredible show at #OTRII in @ColumbiaSC !” he wrote in the post. “It was wonderful to have a chance to recognize the humanitarian & cultural contributions of Mr. & Mrs. Carter. August 21st was officially ‘Beyonce Knowles Carter & Shawn Carter Day” in @ColumbiaSC @Beyonce @S_C_”
Late night but what an incredible show at #OTRII in @ColumbiaSC ! It was wonderful to have a chance to recognize the humanitarian & cultural contributions of Mr. & Mrs. Carter. August 21st was officially “Beyoncé Knowles Carter & Shawn Carter Day” in @ColumbiaSC @Beyonce @S_C_ pic.twitter.com/EdNUNWwzty
— Steve Benjamin (@SteveBenjaminSC) August 22, 2018
City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (@SteveBenjaminSC) presenting the key to the city to JAY-Z.
— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) August 22, 2018
The sold-out concert drew about 40,000+ fans to the stadium where the University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks plays football games.
Gossip On This attended the show, and it was a sight to see. Backed by a gigantic, stage-length video screen, the pair, collectively known as “The Carters,” ran through a 40-song setlist that included solo hits from both of their extensive music catalogs, as well as their multiple duets.
According to stadium officials, Tuesday night’s concert was only the third at Williams-Brice in the last 20 years, and the first since Kenny Chesney back in 2008, which was 10 years ago. Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s concert was also a historic moment because it was the first time an R&B and Rap act played at the venue.