Beyonce, Jay-Z honored with key to Columbia City, and a day named after them!
Just earlier this month, Minnesota did the same, by proclaiming August 8 as the official 'Beyonce and Jay-Z Day' in the city, as announced by their Governor Mark Dayton.
Beyonce and Jay-Z's stardom has a new notch in its belt as the couple was recently honored with a key to the city of Columbia, South Caroline, right after their joint On the Run II Tour stop at Williams-Brice Stadium. As per WIS' reports, the Mayor of the City of Columbia, Steve Benjamin, presented the rapper with the key to the city; and along with that, he also named August 21 as the Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Shawn Carter day in the city. Just another accolade for the royal couple of music!
“What an incredible show at #OTRII in @ColumbiaSC !” Benjamin tweeted August 22. “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.”
Further elaborating on that, Benjamin said in a statement that “Beyonce and Jay-Z have contributed tremendously to not only popular culture and the entertainment industry but also to humanitarian aid in the United States and around the world. We’re delighted to proclaim this day in their name and give them yet another reason to come back to our city.”
But this isn't the only city with an official day honoring the Carters. Not so long ago, in fact, just earlier this month, Minnesota did the same, by proclaiming August 8 as the official “Beyonce and Jay-Z Day” in the city, as announced by Governor Mark Dayton. It happened to be the same day the OTRII tour stopped in the city.
But this feat from Columbia City hasn't been acquired only by Jay-Z and Beyonce. Like Mayor Benjamin pointed out in his tweet: "@ColumbiaSC showed up last night for @Beyonce & @S_C_ #OTRII I’ve witnessed our crowds for @prince @justinbieber @PaulMcCartney @JanetJackson @kennychesney @maryjblige @dariusrucker & so many others as our city lights up! We have something special here-we need to claim it."
And as for their tour - Billboard reports that the On the Run II Tour has already topped the Hot Tours list dated August 25 as per the latest earnings reported to the publication for the couple's very successful undertaking. Recent engagements in Minneapolis, Detroit, and two sold-out shows for an audience of 86,000 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, helped them total a whopping $21.2 million in grosses.
And counting, because along with these four dates and the couple's co-headline venture, they have already exceeded a gross of $150 million - meaning their total rests at $150.7 million. Twenty-nine shows in Europe and the U.S. later, the total audience attendance has reached 1.4 million. But this will just keep multiplying as there are 19 more dates to go for their tour which closes on October 4 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.