Bey­once, Jay Z ap­pear at char­ity event for can­cer

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BEY­ONCE PAID HOMAGE to a high-pro­file mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive be­ing hon­oured at a char­ity event to raise money for can­cer re­search.

The singer’s vo­cals soared as she per­formed three bal­lads in­clud­ing her hit Halo and

Ava Maria af­ter salut­ing the char­ac­ter of Warner/chap­pell Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los An­ge­les on Thurs­day.

She took the stage fol­low­ing her hus­band, Jay Z, who pre­sented Platt with the Spirit of Life award dur­ing a char­ity event that raised more than $6 mil­lion. “Most peo­ple lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart,” Bey­once said Platt, who will soon be leav­ing Warner/chap­pell to take on the top role at SONY/ATV, the top pub­lish­ing com­pany in the mu­sic busi­ness. “You have touched so many lives, mine in­cluded,” she added.

Jay Z called Platt the “Obama of the mu­sic in­dus­try.” The mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive is known for sign­ing pub­lish­ing deals with Jay Z, Usher, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. His ros­ter of song­writ­ers at Warner/chap­pell in­cludes Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars and Tim­ba­land.

Both Bey­once and Jay Z ap­peared at the black-tie char­ity event af­ter the cou­ple

It’s great that every­one took time out of their crazy sched­ules to do some­thing good.” Bebe Rexha

wrapped up their On The Run II tour about a week ago.

“I can’t think of any­one more de­serv­ing of this award than my brother, Jon Platt,” Jay Z told more than 1,000 at­ten­dees.

“He’s known as ‘Big Jon’ and he has a beau­ti­ful soul.”

City of Hope is a treat­ment cen­ter for can­cer, di­a­betes and other life-threat­en­ing dis­eases. The award is the group’s high­est hon­our recogns­ing those that have helped fur­ther mu­sic, film and en­ter­tain­ment.

Mu­sic mogul Diddy, singer Usher, for­mer NBA player Chauncey Billups and some of Platt’s fam­ily mem­bers took part in a video ded­i­cated to the mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive.

Platt’s old­est son, Jonathan, was di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes. Platt shed tears while talk­ing about his friend­ship with Jay Z, thank­ing the rap­per for com­ing into his life. “As an African-amer­i­can, I want to say that we’re more than just ath­letes and mu­sic artists . ... We’re CEOS,” Platt said.

Phar­rell Wil­liams hosted the star-stud­ded event that in­cluded Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Tif­fany Had­dish, Usher, Tim­ba­land, Derek Fisher and Rita Ora.

Mary Mary per­formed a few of their hits in­clud­ing Shack­les (Praise You) and God in Me. Jazz player Trom­bone Shorty also pro­vided a mu­si­cal set.

Had­dish in­tro­duced can­cer sur­vivor, Kommah Mcdow­ell, who said she had a 5 per­cent chance to sur­vive breast can­cer. “It’s great that every­one took time out of their crazy sched­ules to do some­thing good,” singer Bebe Rexha said.

“The real hap­pi­ness doesn’t just come from money or num­bers or where you are on the Bill­board charts. It’s all about do­ing stuff like this, help­ing peo­ple. That is what makes peo­ple truly happy.”

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