April 22, 2008 / 6:12 PM / 10 years ago

Beyonce and Jay-Z marriage is official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The marriage of singer-actress Beyonce Knowles and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is official -- the couple have filed a wedding license, a town clerk in a New York City suburb said on Tuesday.

The couple held a lavish private celebration in Manhattan on April 4 but have been mum about details of their wedding.

“The license was sent back to our office on Friday,” said Donna Conkling, the town clerk of Scarsdale Village in suburban Westchester County.

Houston-born Knowles, 26, and Brooklyn native and former street hustler Jay-Z, 38, whose real name is Shawn Carter, have been romantically linked since September 2002.

Beyonce Knowles (R) and her companion Jay-Z pose for photographers before the start of the Emporio Armani's Fall/Winter 2008/09 men's collections during Milan Fashion Week January 13, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Beyonce rose to fame as a member of the R&B act Destiny’s Child but emerged as a superstar in her own right with her big-screen turn as Foxxy Cleopatra in the 2002 film comedy “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” The following year she scored a hit with her debut solo album, “Dangerously in Love,” collecting five Grammys along the way.

She earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2006 for her role as a Diana Ross-like character in “Dreamgirls,” a film adaptation of the Broadway hit musical.

Her marriage to Jay-Z comes as the hip-hop artist and record executive is in talks with concert promoter Live Nation for a deal reported to be worth about $150 million, rivaling the biggest music contracts ever.

He ran the rap label Def Jam Records as president for several years but stepped down from that post in December. He also co-owns the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

Reporting by Timothy Gardner; editing by Michelle Nichols and Philip Barbara

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