Jay Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Thursday night, introduced via video by none other than former President Obama.
The music mogul, born Shawn Carter, 47, wasn't on hand either for the official induction in New York, but he's still the first rapper in this 48-year-old Hall of Fame and Obama made sure to sing his friend's praises in the video for the ceremony.
"And let's face it, we both have wives that are significantly more popular than we are," he added of Jay Z’s wife, Beyonce, and Obama's wife, Michelle.
He said, according to Variety, who attended the ceremony, "Let me start as I think Jay would, by acknowledging some of the most important people in his life: his lovely wife and daughter, and Jay’s mother and grandmother are here tonight.
And if Jay would have been here tonight, he made it known that he wanted to sit right between both of you because you are two of the most important people in his life."