By Jocelyn Vena
Just a few days after Blue Ivy Carter was born in January, Jay-Z released a tribute song to his daughter titled “Glory,” which promptly made its way onto the Billboard charts. Fans were surprised at the quick turnaround, but MTV News caught up with the song’s producer, Pharrell, on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night (February 26) where he explained that he and Hov made plans for the song in advance.
“It was something we had planned before it happened, so we were basically waiting,” he said on the red carpet of the Oscars, where he was the night’s musical consultant along with composer Hans Zimmer.
“That was like our nod and homage to when Stevie [Wonder] did it for his baby, Asia [on ’Isn’t She Lovely’]. And we weren’t trying to make the same song at all, it was like we wanted to capture a moment in time to commemorate the birth of his baby,” he continued. “I did the same thing with [my baby] Rocket, I’m just more quiet and private about my life.”
But, nothing Jay and Beyoncé do can truly be private. “But he and his beautiful wife, they live a different lifestyle and for him it was important for him to stop everything that he had going on and just sort of make statement to his baby and his wife,” he said. “I was honored to be a filmmaker for that beat.”
The Carter family made their first big public debut this weekend in New York City. The family was photographed in Manhattan getting lunch at Sant Ambroeus. While they released photos of Blue Ivy earlier this month, it marks the first paparazzi shot of the baby, who was born back in January.