Jay-Z is said to have prevented Sean Paul from performing alongside Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles at the MTV Video Music Awards last week in New York, according to Jeremy Harding, Sean Paul’s manager. Harding told the Jamaica Observer that Jay-Z wanted to be the only performer to share the stage with Knowles, who is also his girlfriend. “We were told through the president of Atlantic Records, Craig Kallman, (Sean Paul’s record label) that Jay-Z wanted to be the only guest artiste to perform with Beyonce at the awards show. Jay-Z did not want (Sean Paul) on stage with her and he made it clear,” Harding explained. He added, “I don’t know whether it was jealousy (a threat to stealing Jay’s girlfriend) or a professional threat. (But) it is a form of hypocrisy as hip-hop views dancehall as the poor little cousin and now it feels threatened because it is right up there in their league. Paul has sold some three-million copies internationally, two in the US and the rest in other parts of the world. Now all of a sudden there is a clamp down.”
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