News: Alicia Keys On Lil Mama Stage Crash, "We Would Have Preferred She [Got Inspired] From Her Seat" [Video]
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009 2:10PM
Alicia Keys has addressed Lil Mama's unexpected stage crash last weekend during her "Empire State of Mind" set with Jay-Z at the Video Music Awards and saying the young emcee should have remained seated.
After initially declining to address it, Keys briefly spoke about the incident during an interview on "The Today Show."
"I would rather not speak about [it] because the performance was so phenomenal it doesn't even matter about anything else," Keys explained. "Jay-Z and I are native New Yorkers, it's kind of a classic New York song like new Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli...I can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired but we would have preferred she did it from her seat..." ("The Today Show")
Lil Mama recently apologized and spoke on why she appeared on the stage without being invited by Hov or Keys.
"I didn't know what Jay said," Lil Mama explained in an interview. "I thought he was like, 'OK, enjoying the moment with me, interacting,' which was after I walked up. But after watching it from home, watching myself on the Internet, I'm bouncing and I'm coming up toward Jay-Z and he's backing up. And my emotions at the time was like a vibe, like, 'Yeah, New York.' I was definitely caught up in the moment. He was backing up and when I got home I realized [he said], 'Oh, you gonna T-Pain it, huh.' I realized it when I got home. Now that I'm home, I was like, 'Wow, Jay-Z wasn't feeling it.' I would never get up there and try to disrespect Jay-Z or take a moment that someone else created and try to live it. I'm too original for that and I respect him too much for that. To Jay in particular, as a Brooklyn native -- who I am also -- in that moment it was nothing but respect and honor...It was a joyous moment. Whenever we share happiness or a celebration takes place, usually it's graceful, it's never to disrespect. I never meant any harm. I was enjoying myself and I was enjoying his performance. I got love for him and I love you, [Jay-Z]." (MTV)
According to Jay-Z's rep, Mama's on-stage presence was not scheduled into the billing.
We've reached out to Lil Mama and Jay-Z's camps to see if they can clarify just what happened there. (UPDATE: A representative for Jay-Z tells EW she has 'No clue how it happened.') (Entertainment Weekly)
While Mama did not initially appear alongside the duo, she did step on the stage towards the end of their performance.
Towards the end of Jay-Z's performance of 'Empire State of Mind' with Alicia Keys, rapper and 'America's Best Dance Crew' judge Lil Mama hopped up on stage and for a few seconds was standing on the side dancing. Jay-Z at one point patted her on the leg as a hint to go back to her seat, but Mama didn't get the message. (Pop Eater)
Check out Alicia Keys' interview below: