It’s not often—if ever—that you can run into a music icon like R&B and smooth jazz soulstress Anita Baker and not recognize her.
But that was the case for New York rapper Lil Mama at the 2018 BET Awards, which Anita understood since her wardrobe sort of hindered the “Lip Gloss” artist from being able to see her full identity. But after Anita shared the story on live television, fans had actual tears over her recollection of the incident.
The “Caught Up In The Rapture” songstress explained that she’d seen a young lady who is a “veteran rapper in the business,” but this woman didn’t know who Anita was at the time. She understood though, considering that her hat might have veiled her face a bit. More than likely, however, the case was that many fans believed Ms. Anita was referring to Nicki Minaj, given her description of her.
“Later on, we ran into each other and she was like, ‘Oh, my God!’ and it was Lil Mama,” she recalled in a clip posted to The Shade Room. The fan recording Anita’s recollection of her and Lil Mama’s run-in burst into a fit of laughter afterward, as other commenters assumed it was Nicki she was referring to.
“Girl, I thought she was talking about Nicki Minaj, no lie,” one Instagram user wrote among the nearly 5,000 comments on the post.
“When she said veteran,” another Instagrammer responded, “she means in the business for a long time. She didn’t say icon. Lil Mama been in the game since she was a minor.”
We’re just happy both Lil Mama and Anita will have a hilarious but beautiful BET Awards memory to cherish forever.
See Anita’s recollection of running into the Brooklyn female rapper below.
(Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)