News: Lil Mama Apologizes for Crashing Jay-Z & Alicia Keys' VMA Performance
Monday, Sep 14, 2009 3:25PM
Lil Mama has addressed her unexpected appearance on-stage during Jay-Z's performance with Alicia Keys at MTV's Video Music Awards 2009.
Lil Mama issued an apology today (September 14) via her management.
"I did not mean any disrespect towards Jay-Z or Alicia Keys," the statement reads. "I admire them and look up to them as role models. 'Empire State of Mind' had my emotions running high. In that moment I came up onstage to celebrate my two icons singing about NY." (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 until 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)
Bow Wow has shared his reaction to seeing Mama on the stage via Twitter.
"I love 2 see new hip hop artist do there thang. great look 4 @wale and @kidkudi. specially @wale with him performing between breaks. DC," he penned. "But then she hit da pose at da end tho! i mean i give it to er. gnr...she had guts. but d*mn.. not during a jay z alicia keys set. cmon...The lil mama incident is so f*ckin hilarious, i cant look at it no more. seriously. sh*t got me in tears laughing. i mean... im speechless" (Bow Wow's Twitter)
Both Keys and Hov were chosen to perform together earlier this month.
"Disregard my last tweet. Alicia Keys will not be performing her new single at the VMA's. She will be performing with Jay-Z at the VMA's. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will be performing together at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009." (Alicia Keys Media Twitter)
Check out the performance below: