Beyonce Lights Up Roseland Ballroom with Star-Studded Audience

8:49 PM PST 08/18/2011 by Steven Schwankert
Lady Gaga came straight from the MTV VMA announcement to Beyonce's Roseland finale.

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Jay-Z were among the celebs to attend the third of her four-night New York City stand.

It wasn't enough for Beyonce just to sell out a four-night stand at NYC's intimate Roseland Ballroom -- she had to have a room full of other music luminaries to cheer her on. 

No sooner had Lady Gaga finished announcing her opening slot on the MTV Music Awards for Aug. 28, she headed 10 blocks north to catch Beyonce's final set at the historic venue, where she was joined by Jennifer Hudson, Usher and of course, Jay-Z, according to tweets from attendees at the show.

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Also catching the show were Frank Ocean, Maxwell, Duffy, Dream, Ne-Yo and Beyonce's former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland.

Beyonce's quadruple-play at the West 52nd street theater is showcasing her latest album, 4, and songs from that release make up the majority of the song list. All four nights for the approximately 2000-seat venue sold out in minutes, the first in 22 seconds, for a chance to see an artist much more accustomed to rocking stadiums. The final show takes place on Friday, August 19.

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Billboard's Erika Ramirez said in a review of the opening night performance, "There aren't many artists in the world that can pull off a 90-minute set in Stuart Weitzman heels and leave a beyond packed audience satisfied to the point of not needing an encore."

[Note: a previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Thursday was the last show.]

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