Jay and NY Gets First No. 1 Single With "Empire State of Mind"
The Blueprint III's "Empire State of Mind" (featuring Alicia Keys) not only picked up two Grammy Awards ("Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" and "Best Rap Song"), but it also gave Jay his fist No. 1 single as a lead artist and, fittingly, it also became the first No. 1 on the Hot 100 to reference New York in its title. It stayed in that No. 1 spot for five consecutive weeks and atop the radio play charts for eight consecutive weeks.