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Jay Z's Glasto moment

'That was like winning the first Grammy for me' says American rap star
20 September 2009 - Hip-hop giant Jay Z has likened the moment he opened his set at Glastonbury last year with Oasis' hit Wonderwall, to winning his first Grammy award.

The controversial billing of Jay Z as the Saturday night headline act at the festival, which has traditionally seen rock acts fill the three slots, turned out to be a triumph.

"That was like winning the first Grammy for me," said Jay Z to Andrew Marr on BBC One this morning (Sunday 20 September), following his support slots for Coldplay at their Wembley Stadium shows.

"It was one of those times, almost like knocking the door down. It was almost like the people saying no, 'We want that to happen, that's the natural progression. We like rap, we like rock, we like everything'," he explained.
"If we believed that a thing that started should be held forever, I’d still be a slave right."
Jay Z


Jay Z went on to say it was "archaic thinking that was in the way", adding: "If we believed that a thing that started should be held forever, I'd still be a slave right.

"We'd still be in slavery - so things change and the world changes and I think it's best to embrace change."

Meanwhile the star admitted he's now eyeing up The Beatles' crown.

Jay Z has made history, securing his 11th number one album with The Blueprint 3, overtaking Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most number one albums in the history of Billboard's Top 200 chart.

"We were tied with 10. The Stones I believe have nine, but The Beatles of course have 19 so that's my next goal," he said laughingly.

While onstage at Coldplay's show on Friday night he said he "feels like the King Of Pop".

Check out a review of the gig- which also featured support from Girls Aloud and White Lies - from 6 Music News.

Georgie Rogers

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rae renaud/marigot
great accomplishment. as for the talent issue: the article is not about that B.Q.. it's like a football match; one side dominates the other side scored the winning goal- who won?

my is name is edwin victor from nigeria lagos cit
jazy is a nice singer i like him as person,god bless you

Brian Quinn - Caddington
Jay-Z can have as many No.1's as he wants BUT he will never be as talented as Elvis Presley. Elvis was the whole package - he had the talent, the voice, the looks, the stage act, the moves, could act well when given a chance and was extremely humble with it. Further, Evis could, and did, sing in virtually eb=very musical genre available to him. Jay-Z can only perform in one. See what happens to him if he ever tries to release a country, gospel, blues, calypso, jazz or rock 'n' roll album.Elvis, of course, was more than just an entertainer but quite an historical figure. it was he alone who challenged the status quo in 1950's U.S.A. breaking down social and cultural barriers and making it easier for all artists who followed in his footsteps. He paved the way for the way for Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960's.Jay-Z has a huge ego but his 'tiny' talent will be his downfall. He will be forgotten about in 5 years time.There will never be another Elvis - he was truly 'sui generis'.

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