Barack Obama has helped welcome Jay Z into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame with a video message.
Hove became the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame yesterday (June 15th), prompting a number of tributes.
Jay Z himself opened his speech by passing his respects to the artists who inspire him - including his wife, Beyoncé.
The ceremony opened with a video message from Barack Obama, who told the rapper: "Nobody who met us when we were younger men would have expected us to be where we are today..."
The statesman closed by saying: "I’m proud to help present this award to a true American original."
Watch it now.
President Obama gives Jay Z a special shout out for being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame pic.twitter.com/m8Jb1kKIuD— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) June 16, 2017