Lil Mama is probably sick and tired of people mentioning her show-stopping moment when she crashed Jay-Z and Alicia Keys‘ 2009 MTV VMAs performance, and the chatter is definitely robust today (Dec. 9). After Keys made an appearance on the popular Drink Champs show, she shared what Hov said to her after the moment, sparking reaction from folks on Twitter.
Sitting down with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, Keys addressed the room by speaking about the incident after she and Jay-Z rocked their massive hit “Empire State Of Mind” at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. While Keys has long since forgiven Lil Mama for her actions, the question will not rest and she revealed that she was so focused on the show she didn’t notice anyone else but Jay-Z.
“The truth of all the truth is, all I know is we was on that stage. Jay was here, I was here,” Keys said, using her hands to point out where the duo stood. “In my head, I was such a [gorilla] at the time, in my eyes, I was like ‘this is what’s happening. I’m gonna 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.”
Backstage, Keys said Jay-Z asked her about Lil Mama hopping onstage to pose with them.
“I went backstage and Jay was like, ‘so, you ain’t see that?’ And I was like ‘what?’ He was like, ‘so you ain’t see what just happened?’ And I was like, ‘yeah, we killed it. That’s what just happened.’”
Lil Mama said earlier this year that she’s tried to make amends with the stars and clear the bad energy among them but has been rebuffed according to her.
Check out some reactions from Twitter below. The Drink Champs episode with Alicia Keys is set to air today.
“The truth of the truth!”
We get the full inside story on when #LilMama crashed the stage during @AliciaKeys & #JayZ VMA performance on this week’s episode of @DrinkChamps
THURSDAY ON @RevoltTV
@TheRealNoreaga @WhosCrazy #DrinkChamps pic.twitter.com/pUC3m8NpLw
— N.O.R.E (@noreaga) December 8, 2021
Did Lil Mama really crash and ruin Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performance? Or did she create a memorable ass moment and story pic.twitter.com/nzpyX61kAi
— TheLimitDoesNotExist (@sylviamphofe) December 9, 2021
Never forget that Beyoncé tried to stop Lil Mama from crashing JAY-Z and Alicia Keys’ performance at the VMAs… pic.twitter.com/rahB6HL0NV
— Davalynnnn (@iprpleubhive) December 9, 2021
Since Alicia Keys is discussing lil mama crashing her and Jay-Z performance at the 2009 VMAs. I remember Beyoncé tried to stop lil mama going on the stage for embarrassing herself.
— Debra Bamidele (@Debrabamidele) December 8, 2021
Seeing that the Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Lil Mama VMA situation is being talked about…
Just a reminder that the 2009 VMAs was one of the last iconic VMA shows. So much happened that night. Whew! pic.twitter.com/2ARteAu5Uw
— untitled. (@travisfromthebk) December 9, 2021
I tried to find that VMAs performance of Alicia Keys and Jay Z when Lil Mama got on stage…………why——- pic.twitter.com/ycH9ihO4JR
— 𝑫𝑨𝑬 (@danayshiamua) March 18, 2021
Lil Mama: Empire State of Mind is a dope song, wish i was up there performing
Lil mama to Lil mama: Get your ass on that stage pic.twitter.com/Vj4rmj3YLh
— Alicia Keys Daily (@aliciakeysdaiIy) November 16, 2016
Before Alicia Keys , Jay-Z & Lil Mama at the VMAs there was : pic.twitter.com/4DAlBl2UWP
— MaltLiquorPapi (@LowkeyBrilliant) December 9, 2021
it wasn’t til yesterday that i realized that the vmas lil mama walked up on stage with jay-z + alicia keys was the same vmas kanye walked up during taylor swift speech
man what a show, but also where tf was security lol?
— jarrod. (@createdbyjarrod) December 9, 2021
Unpopular opinion but Lil Mama made that Jayz and Alicia Keys performance iconic because most people would of probably forgot about it if it wasn’t for Lil Mama lmao
— Jay (@JJeromEE) December 8, 2021
Quiet as it’s kept, Jay Z and Alicia Keys should be thanking Lil Mama because it was giving snooze fest before she got on stage. She’s the reason why that performance is still talked about to this day!
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) December 9, 2021
Alicia Keys: “New York… New York…”
Lil Mama: pic.twitter.com/c4cNvxIMPg
— Jermaine (@JermaineWatkins) December 8, 2021
Lil Mama when Beyoncé tried to stop her from running on stage with JAY-Z and Alicia Keys. pic.twitter.com/2XvY3iHJCg
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) December 8, 2021
In Jay Z mind when Lil Mama got on stage:pic.twitter.com/mQdCCud5a2
— Rent Em Spoons (@DerekJBiz) December 8, 2021
Jay Z and Alicia Keys: “New York New Yoooooork”
The irrelevant Lil Mama: pic.twitter.com/vC9qsNCisH
— Consensual Seduction (@Houston__Menace) December 9, 2021
Every time the Lil Mama/Jay-z/Alicia Keys performance resurfaces on the TL i literally be crying laughing cause LIKE WHY DID YOU DO THAT, like forreal
— The Great Negro (@jiggyjayy2) December 9, 2021