Minnesota governor establishes statewide Beyonce and Jay-Z day

Minnesota governor establishes statewide Beyonce and Jay-Z day
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) on Thursday declared Aug. 8 “Beyoncé and Jay-Z Day.” 

“Beyoncé and Jay-Z have taken home numerous awards from platforms such as the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and NAACP Image Awards, among others and have sold millions of records worldwide,” the Minnesota Democrat said of his decision in the official proclamation.

“Through their lives and music, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have inspired Minnesotans, and music fans around the world,” Dayton continued in the proclamation establishing the new statewide holiday.


The governor also noted in his proclamation that the decision arrives shortly before the pair’s concert at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on the same day.

The move comes two years after the governor declared May 23 officially “Beyoncé Day” in his state.

Dayton’s official proclamation establishing the new holiday in 2016 also came shortly before the star’s concert in Minneapolis, Time reported at the time.

Beyoncé was born in Texas, while her husband Jay-Z was born in New York. 

Read the full proclamation for “Beyoncé and Jay-Z Day” below.