Crazy in love: Beyonce and Jay-Z, the intensely private power couple
…And Jay-Z, real name Shawn Corey Carter, was picking up awards for his work. On paper they were very different. Jay had a tough upbringing, raised by his mum in Brooklyn.
But he channelled his experiences into his music, going on to become a world class writer and producer, and a wealthy one at that.
Beyonce by contrast had a privileged upbringing, going to private school, and living in a nice house, complete with housekeeper.
"I wasn't doing (singing) because I didn't have a choice or to support the family or because I had to get out of a bad situation. I just was determined," she said