ALICIA Keys, Lil Mama and JAY-Z once took the stage together in 2009.
The Empire State of Mind singers JAY-Z and Alicia Keys were performing at the 2009 VMAs when Lil Mama hopped on stage.
Lil Mama, JAY-Z, and Alicia Keys on stage together at the 2009 MTV VMAsCredit: Getty Images
Why did Lil Mama go on stage?
The New Yorkers once took the stage all at the same time but it was not for a collaboration.
At the 2009 VMAs Lil Mama unexpectedly got onto the stage while Keys and JAY-Z were performing.
The song they were performing at the time was their hit Empire State of Mind which was released that year.
In an interview with MTV News from 2009 Lil Mama revealed she went on stage because she was emotionally moved.
“I’m sitting in my seat, two rows away from the stage and JAY-Z is walking through this tunnel and there’s this whole adrenaline rush just pumping,” Lil Mama said.
She went on to share how JAY-Z and Keys were singing the introduction to the song about their city of New York and it led to her getting “emotional.”
“I felt like yeah New York!,” she said.
“I started to feel him [JAY-Z] and I started to feel myself and I just felt the energy and I got up and started walking toward the stage.”
Did Lil Mama apologize for going on stage?
She admitted she was “rooting them on” and did not mean to offend them.
Lil Mama apologized to the performers during the MTV News interview.
“If in anyway JAY-Z or Alicia Keys felt offended, I want to apologize to both of them,” the singer said.
She went on to say she would “love to have a one-on-one” with the fellow musicians.
She said she felt they had a bond while she was on stage.
“I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful,” Lil Mama said.
Lil Mama joined the stage at the 2009 MTV VMAs with Alicia Keys and JAY-ZCredit: Getty Images
Was Lil Mama forgiven by the performers?
Both JAY-Z and Keys commented on Lil Mamas actions at the time.
JAY-Z called her action “out of line” in an interview with Angie Martinez.
“To interrupt that moment for us, I don’t think that was the right thing to do,” he said.
“It was a lot of planning that went into that performance. To disrupt that was outta line.”
Back in 2009 Keys was interviewed on the Today show about the incident.
“Of which I’d rather not speak about because the performance was so phenomenal that it really doesn’t matter about anything else,” she said to Hoda Kotb.
“We can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired. But we would have appreciated it if she would have did it from her seat.”
What new comments has Alicia Keys made?
The 2009 VMAs seemed to have been full of interruptions since that was the same night Kanye West cut off Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.
Since the 2009 interruption of Lil Mama, Alicia recently spoke up about the situation.
On an episode of Drink Champs, Keys told N.O.R.E., that she forgave Lil Mama.
“The truth of all the truths — all I know, we was on that stage,” she said.
“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.’ … 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,” Keys said.
Keys admitted that she was not aware that Lil Mama was even on the stage during the performance.
When asked if she forgives Lil Mama, Keys said “of course.”
“Listen, to this day, I truly never knew she was even on the stage — that’s the craziest part of the whole thing for me. I was on that stage, JAY was in the middle, she was on the other side of JAY, and I never saw her. Never,” Keys said.
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