October 2, 2022

Alicia Keys Reveals Jay-Z’s Reaction After Lil Mama Crashed Their VMA Performance

In a teaser for Alicia Keys’ interview with Drink Champs, set to air Thursday, N.O.R.E. asks her concerning the notorious VMA efficiency that Lil Mama crashed. 

By no means one to mince phrases, the host got here proper out and requested, “How mad was you at Lil Mama when she f*cked up y’all performance?” N.O.R.E. is referring to her efficiency alongside Jay-Z of “Empire State of Mind” on the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

She revealed that she by no means even noticed Lil Mama on stage when she beforehand spoke concerning the incident. She reiterated on Drink Champs that she by no means noticed her come on stage.

“The truth of all the truths — all I know, we was on that stage,” she stated. “Jay was here, I was here. In my head, I was such a gorilla at the time, and I was like, ‘This is what’s happening. I’m going to destroy this record tonight.’ That’s all I had in my head. Somehow, however she got over here, I didn’t even bear witness to. The whole show, I was iced — so focused on making it amazing.”

However as soon as they obtained off stage, Jay requested her about what occurred. Keys thought he was speaking concerning the efficiency. 

“I went backstage, and JAY was like, ‘So, you ain’t see that?’” she continued. “And I was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Nah, you ain’t just see what just happened?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, we killed it. That’s what happened.’”

In October, Keys spoke about forgiving Lil Mama throughout an look on “The Morning Hustle Show,” confirming it was water below the bridge. She thinks Lil Mama simply obtained caught up within the vitality of the track as a local New Yorker.

Following the incident, Lil Mama grew to become the topic of jokes and memes. The “Lip Gloss” rapper revealed that she reached out to Jay-Z and Keys to apologize for crashing their set; nonetheless, neither responded.