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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artists Beyonce, Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Jay-Z cleared up accusations that he and Beyonce stayed seated during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl as a silent protest.

According to TMZ, Jay-Z claims that he and Beyonce did not plan to stay seated during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.  In this video that was filmed at Columbia University, Jay-Z goes into detail about how he and Beyonce were watching Demi Lovato’s performance from an artist’s perspective and didn’t deliberately sit in protest.  He also shares a funny story about how if it had been intentional, how Blue Ivy would have reacted.

Jay-Z said, “We were making the loudest stand.  I didn’t have to make a silent protest.” and gave examples of the diversity of the artists that were chosen to perform as well as the social injustice commercial that ran during the Super Bowl.  You can here him elaborate on this in the video below.

Jay-Z Says Sitting for National Anthem Wasn't Protest, He Was Working | TMZ

Jay-Z says he and Beyonce sitting through the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl was absolutely NOT a protest of any sort ... it was simply 2 moguls hard at work. SUBSCRIBE: http://tmz.me/wONe5NO About TMZ: TMZ has consistently been credited for breaking the biggest stories dominating the entertainment news landscape and changed the way the public gets their news.