Jay-Z to Join Oprah in Australia
The talk-show mogul will be treating 300 of her fans to an all-expenses paid, 8-day trip to Oz, where they will be accompanied by Aussie actors Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and now, Jay-Z, who will also be performing live on an 'Oprah' taping at the Sydney Opera House (expect an Oprah play-on-words) on Dec. 14.
Though Oprah has been a vocal critic of rap music and the perceived negative influence it has on its audience, she struck up a surprising friendship with Jay last year, after traveling to Marcy projects with him as part of a segment on her show .Since then, the two have built a strong relationship, with Jay recently referring to her as a personal friend, who inspired him to write his memoir. "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."