Jay-Z Set For Paralympics Closing Ceremony

Rapper will take the stage in London on Sunday alongside Rihanna and Coldplay.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

After curating and organizing last weekend's massively successful Made In America festival, Jay-Z has been confirmed as a performer at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in London, alongside Coldplay and Rihanna.

The rapper will take the stage at the event in London on Sunday (Sept. 9), a decision reportedly made after Coldplay frontman Chris Martin approached him with the charitable request.

A source is quoted in the UK's Daily Mirror, saying, “Jay-Z and Chris Martin are close friends so he helped to get the rapper on board. They are putting together a spectacular set list – one likely to include a duet.

“It’s going to be one hell of a show and fans of both artists will be clamouring for tickets. The Paralympics has exceeded all expectation and, like the rest of the world, Jay-Z has been blown away by their bravery and athleticism. This will be a concert like no other and a fantastic end to what has been the most successful Paralympics ever.”

Speaking previously about the event, Martin said the band were honored to have been chosen for the event. 

He explained: "Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athletes in London is such a great honor for us. Kim Gavin and Misty Buckley are working hard to put on a spectacular Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony for the athletes and spectators in the stadium, and everyone watching around the world, and we are so happy to be involved."

While you wait for the performance, check out Sunday's rocked-out version of Jay-Z's smash hit "99 Problems" with Pearl Jam at the Made In America festiva.


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