Breaking News! We all know that next month Oprah Winfrey and 300 very lucky studio guests are taking an eight-day, all-expenses paid (that's fees and taxes included, someone learned their lesson) trip to Australia. And now that trip is getting even sweeter.
Harpo producers are currently booking celebrity guests and planning local activities for the show down under and the among the already confirmed guests: Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, we now can add Jay-Z to the list.
Rapper and mogul Jay-Z is confirmed to perform LIVE on the Oprah Winfrey show on December 14th. I don't have to tell you how HUGE it is for a rapper to perform on her show. Winfrey, has had a very long standing policy against the rap industry due to their negative use of the N word and the impact with the youth culture. But in October 2009, Winfrey stunned the industry as she sat down for an intimate interview with the rapper to discuss various topics ranging from music, hip-hop culture to poverty in America. And though the two didn't come to an agreement Jay-Z now counts Winfrey as a close personal friend and someone that has inspired him to reach out more to the youth culture and even inspired him to write his current memoir "Decoded".
"Oprah was a big reason I wrote this book," he said. "We had conversations about language and the N word, and while we didn't agree, we left that conversation with a better understanding."
At the time of airing, Jay-Z will be touring through Australia with U2 for Live Nation's continental expansion, as well as reportedly readying his collaborative album with Kanye West, titled Watch The Throne.
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