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3 February 2020, 12:59
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been branded ‘disrespectful’ after sitting down during Demi Lovato's performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.
A video of the ‘On The Run’ hitmakers, who remained seated, along with their daughter Blue Ivy, went viral on social media after a fan shared how 'shocked’ they were and branded the couple ‘disrespectful’.
One person tweeted: "I am so ashamed of #Beyoncé and Jay Z! They are so fortunate to live in this great country. They need to live somewhere else if they can’t bother to stand for the National Anthem. #SuperBowl [sic].”
Another said: "The disrespect was shameful,” while another added, "Disgusting. As much as they have to be thankful for as a result of living here. So sad.”
People were confused by the 'controversial' decision as Jay-Z's company, Roc Nation, has teamed up with the NFL for events and social justice programs, leaving fans wondering why he’d ‘shade’ a business partnership.
However, Demi's fans were quick to defend the superstars because it was actually the rapper’s decision to have the former Disney star perform Star-Spangled Banner at the sports event.
As a partner of the NFL, Jay-Z co-produces the half-time show and has a say in who has the honour of performing the US anthem.
Demi’s manager, Scooter Braun, took to Instagram to thank the ‘Crazy In Love’ rapper for the opportunity, penning: "Wow wow wow. @ddlovato you made our anthem proud!!! Thank you to JayZ for making that call to us and the @nfl and helping a 10 year dream come true [sic].”
Blue Ivy recording Demi Lovato’s Super Bowl performance, Beyoncé and Jay Z enjoying her performance of the song too. WE OFFICIALLY ARE WINNING pic.twitter.com/e45obBJi7V— I.ewis (@DEMlSCRACK) February 3, 2020
Blue Ivy was also seen filming Demi’s performance on her phone and that is content we all love to see!
One fan, who was sticking up for the power couple on Twitter, wrote: “Jay Z made the call for Demi to perform and Blue was stanning in the audience recording it so now we just need one more member of that family to acknowledge Demi.....@Beyonce [sic]."
"Jay Z arranging stuff for Demi and Blue recording her sing? Pls she only needs Beyonce's compliment and that girl is ELITE [sic],” added another.
"Blue Ivy recording Demi Lovato’s Super Bowl performance,” tweeted a third, "Beyoncé and Jay Z enjoying her performance of the song too. WE OFFICIALLY ARE WINNING."