Art Basel may be packed up and gone, but Jay Z and Beyoncé checked out the art scene while in town for a New Year’s Eve holiday.
Local photographer Manny Hernandez caught the music superstars out and about Monday in Wynwood, having lunch at Joey’s Italian Cafe, strolling through Wynwood Walls, tucking into Gab Gallery, and took pictures. The following night for the big countdown, Z and B ripped it up with Diddy at his Ciroc party at a Miami Beach residence. UsWeekly reported Queen Bey, 32, and the Z man, 44, were enjoying each other's company immensely at the party, where they danced and drank and basically acted like the consenting adults they are. Beyoncé later posted a picture on Instagram of the shebang, which included Drake (who spinned), T.I., Jamie Foxx and Pharrell Williams. “Jay Z and Beyoncé were off in a corner dancing and greeting people,” an insider tells the magazine.
As for the Halo singer's fashion choices? An animal-print Versace button-down, sans pants. Why not? She has the figure for it.
Fun aside, Beyoncé’s been getting serious flack over her song XO from her new self-titled album. It's about a failing relationship and taking the time to appreciate what you have in the moment but features an audio sample of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion right after takeoff in 1986, killing all seven crew members. NASA officials say the disaster “should never be trivialized.”
“My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” the former Destiny Child's crooner said in a statement. “The song XO was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”
On Sunday, the duo were again out and about, dining at new Miami River spot, Seasalt and Pepper. Chef Alfredo Alvarez sent over such dishes as pappardelle, lobster risotto and seafood casserole, to celebrate the end of the superstars’ vegan diet. They ran into famous locals Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Oh, to be a fly on the wall over there.