After being criticized for being the proverbial fish out of water at the usually all rock Glastonbury Festival, Jay-Z wowed the sold out crowd with his performance yesterday.
The initial criticism came from Oasis singer Noel Gallagher, who not only objected to Jay-Z being at the show, but called Hip Hop at the festival “wrong.”
Criticism continued from longtime fans of the show, who blamed the emcee’s appearance on the bill for slow ticket sales.
Jay-Z never responded to Gallagher’s allegation and took the highroad Saturday, taking the stage to Oasis’ hit song “Wonderwall” before launching into his stage set. While preferring to stay out of celebrity a back and forth, Jay couldn’t resist asking the crowd how they felt about his presence at the festival.
"They say you don't want me here, Glastonbury," he proclaimed. "Now tell me, where is the love?"
The question was met with a thunderous applause and by the end of the night, more than just the crowd sang the praises of Mr. Carter.
"That was a real triumph to bring Hip Hop from the streets of New York to Glastonbury," show promoter Michael Eavis told the BBC.
"All that doom and gloom about ticket sales, but we were completely sold out by Thursday and it we had such a younger audience."