Thursday, October 21, 2021

Alicia Keys Talk Lil Mama, VMA's And Jay-Z


Alicia Keys says she did not even realize the rapper joined her and Jay-Z on stage.

The MTV Video Music Awards has given the culture with some of the most iconic live stage performance moments in history. This year, Chlöe Bailey licked her microphone at the end of her performance of “Have Mercy.” Beyoncé received a well-deserved standing ovation for her first solo performance in 2003. And then there’s the legendary three-way kiss between Britney Spears, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera.

Harlem rapper Lil Mama can also count herself among the shortlist of memorable VMA moments, courtesy of her infamously interrupting Jay-Z and Alicia Keys while the duo performed their now iconic song, “Empire State of Mind.”

The 2009 moment left viewers, and apparently audience members, confused. But apparently, all is water under the bridge, at least for Keys.

While talking to the hosts of The Morning Hustle Show, Alicia Keys said she’s forgiven the “Lip Gloss” rapper for her impromptu stage appearance. “Of course,” Alicia Keys said about whether or not she forgives Lil Mama.

“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 continued, “So umm, that was wild to me. But I absolutely — it’s not even a statement. That was then. You know, she’s from New York, too. You know, I think she really felt the energy of the record and she loved it and she couldn’t hold herself back. Look, this is what my music does to people. What can we say?”

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