Alicia Keys Reveals What JAY-Z Said After Lil Mama Crashed Their 2009 MTV VMAs Performance

The Grammy Award-winning artist stopped by the “Drink Champs” podcast to share what happened.

Alicia Keys is finally sharing what JAY-Z had to say after Lil Mama crashed their “Empire State of Mind” performance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

During a recent interview on REVOLT’s Drink Champs podcast, the Grammy Award-winning artist gave a fairly detailed recount of the viral incident that got the internet talking.

“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 [it]. The whole show I was iced — so focused on making it amazing.”

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Adding, “I went backstage and JAY was like, ‘So, you ain’t see that?’ And I was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Nah, you ain’t just see what just happened?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, we killed it. That’s what happened.'”

Back in October, while appearing on “The Morning Hustle Show,” the “LALA” singer shared that she had forgiven Lil Mama for the incident.

Earlier this year, the “Lip Gloss” rapper revealed that she attempted to reach to both JAY and Keys to apologize for storming the stage that night but neither has got back to her.

“I entered the industry as a teenage Black girl from Brooklyn & Harlem NY,” Lil Mama shared, replying to a fan who made a comment on Instagram about the incident. “These situations are with mature adults at least 10 years my senior. I reached out in private to create an opportunity for communication and clarity.”

In other Alicia Keys news, on Dec. 10 the singer-songwriter is releasing her eighth studio album KEYS, she spoke with about her upcoming project ahead of her “Infinite Nights” international performance in Dubai.

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