Empire State of Mind
by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Video & Audio
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys closed the VMAS with a smash performance of the song.
As if the song being Derek Jeter's plate music weren't enough, the song was performed during Game 2 of the 2009 World Series.
The beat of the song comes from "Breakthrough" by Isaac Hayes.
The piano and cello loop come from the intro of "Love on a Two-Way Street" by The Moments.
The official video for the song, shot at many of the locations that Jay-Z raps about in the song itself.