UPDATE: In an interview with NY radio DJ Angie Martinez, Jay-z finally speaks on Lil Mama jumping on stage during his VMA performance:
“I would never do that. I would never have the nerve to do that. We go to rehearsals, we do run-throughs, and we work really hard on the performance to put on a show for people. And to interrupt that moment for us, I don’t think that was the right thing to do.
I actually thought it was the equivalent of what Kanye did to Taylor Swift but nobody really talked about that because I’m not a lil sweet girl from middle America.
I’m cool with her being excited and all that, but you also have to understand people put in work to make that performance happen-the planning of it, there’s a lot of planning that went into that performance. To disrupt that is out of line.
“…To be honest, I was a little angry-but what imma do, fight Lil mama?”
Listen to Jay:
Take a look at Lil Mama below:
Lil Mama says she had no idea Jay-z was not feeling her presence on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards the other night.
She tells MTV:
“I was feeling it. I was definitely caught up in the moment. He was backing up and when I got home I realized he said “Oh So You gonna T-Pain it huh?”. I realize this now that I am home that he walked away. Now that I’m home, I’m like “wow, Jay-z wasn’t feeling that. Jay-z feels like I disrespected him as opposed to praising him. Respecting him, honoring him and sharing that moment with him. I would never get up there and try to disrespect Jay-z or take a moment that someone has created it and try to relive it. I’m too original for that and I respect him too much for that.
If in any way Jay-Z or Alicia Keys feels offended, I want to apologize to both of you. I actually would love to have a one-on-one, because I actually felt like I was being felt [for my actions]. I felt like there was a bond.
Watch the video below:
UPDATE: After getting caught up in the moment and jumping onstage with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys during their show-closing performance of the night, Jay’s “Empire State of Mind,” Lil Mama has issued an apology:
The rapper sent MTV News a statement via her manager explaining the incident.
“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.”
Lil Mama’s rep said she may have more to say about the situation later.
Mama was the talk of twitter last night for a few hours, Fabolous went in on Lil Mama, chiming in on his Twitter page. “#Lilmamais like the dude that parachutes down on the field during a game!” Fab tweeted. “#Lilmamais gonna get security at the stages of every award show from now on. #Lilmamais the bird that flew outta Lady Gaga’s nest on her face!!”
Here’s more from Fab’s twitter page:
Kanye West started a trend at last night’s VMA’s. He jumped on stage and crashed Taylor Swift’s party and before you could blink, Lil’ Mama did the exact same thing during Jay-Z’s performance with Alicia Keys.
At the tail end of Jay-Z’s performance, Lil Mama jumped on stage to get some air time only to have Jay shoo her away (watch the 5:10 mark), but she ignored the hint and instead struck a pose at the end.
Can we say SECURITY!!!!!
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