Beyonc? Sings “1+1″ Backstage at American Idol

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Beyonc?‘s premiere performance of “1+1″ on last night’s American Idol was one of the finale’s highlights, to be sure. So how cool is it that Jay-Z recorded her dressing room rehearsal on his phone and posted the footage to his blog earlier this afternoon? “Sometimes you need perspective,” Jay-Z writes, in the way of commentary. “You?ve been right in front of greatness so often that you need to step back and see it again for the first time.”

Jay-Z starts on Beyonc? but then briefly tracks the phone-cam around the room on the way to including her three harmonizers and keyboard accompanist in the shot. As they power through the gorgeous ballad, Beyonc?’s team, friends, and family look on in still silence (except when her nephew waves, and then briefly but adorably gesticulates along with the song). We’re so impressed with the run-through (and grateful for the footage) that we will even forgive Jay-Z for signing the post “Andy WarHOV.”