Alicia Keys On the ‘Audacity’ of Lil Mama’s 2009 VMA Stage Crash: “If Kanye Did It, Everybody Would’ve Been All Good”

Published: Wednesday 8th Dec 2021 by Rashad

Alicia Keys may be hot on the promo trail in support of her forthcoming double album, ‘KEYS,’ but there seems to be another subject rearing its ugly head in all of her recent interviews:  when rapper Lil Mama‘s infamously crashed the end of the diva’s 2009 MTV VMA performance with JAY-Z.

While taking to our friends at DrinkChamps and Complex, Keys was quizzed by both outlets about the incident – asking her true thoughts about the experience over 10 years since it happened.

Sending Lil Mama’s name to trending status on Twitter as a result, look inside to see exactly what Alicia said during her stroll down memory lane.

First, the 15-time GRAMMY winner visited ‘360 with Speedy Morman’ to dish on a number of hot topics including how she met her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, working with J. Cole (as we reported here), and more.

When asked about her 2009 VMA performance, however, Keys laughed and said:

“It was hysterical to be honest,” she said. “The audacity, the balls, it was incredible. You kinda gotta love it. The ‘Harlem’ was in full effect. I thought it was kind of crazy just to be that inspired (that’s how I took it), you’re inspired by by your city, by these two artists from your city, you’re an artist, and you have dreams and things that you’re accomplishing and you want to be part of the moment. If Kanye [West] did it, everybody would’ve been all good. They would’ve said ‘oh that’s just Kanye.'”

Alicia Keys ‘360’ Interview Timestamps

2:10 Working on ‘Keys’ The Album with MikeWillMadeIt

5:41 Alicia vs Alicia Keys

11:00 Soulmates and Kindred Spirits

13:00 Swiss Beatz and The Ick

17:20 Working With J.Cole

20:20 Studio Session with David Blaine and Chris Rock

23:00 Lil Mama Crashing The Stage At VMA’s

26:15 Her Legacy

28:20 Marshmallow Challenge


Elsewhere, Keys hit up the ‘Drink Champs’ podcast.  While there, she fielded questions about a number of subjects – including the 2009 VMA performance and JAY-Z’s thoughts about the unexpected Lil interruption.

Click ‘PLAY’ on the video above to see what she said.

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  1. Lmfao_Hoe December 8, 2021

    She’s right if Kanye would’ve done the same thing nobody wouldn’t had batted an eye, scream, fussed or even care at all. The man’s career was still fine and thriving after what he did to Taylor that same night, I’m not a fan but that was truly foul s*** and I applaud Beyonce for having a sincere heart letting her have her “moment” another example too is Chrisette Michele on performing at Trumps inauguration the community cancelled her yet Kanye has said and done far more wild s*** than her but people champ Ye with short-memory loss. Excuses after another too – oh hes medicated, oh its his bipolar disorder, oh his mom died,..oh stfu hes a grown man that knows exactly what’s he doing.

    • Detruth December 8, 2021

      I don’t give Kanye a pass once he made that slavery comment I won’t even stream his music he’s 💀 to me. I definitely know ppl that give him and his antics a pass and I don’t understand it.

  2. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) December 8, 2021

    I love how lil mama was trying to drag Queen B to the stage 🤣😂🤣😂 it had been a rough night for Beyoncé 💅🏿

  3. KeyLoLo December 8, 2021

    Lil Mama made them go viral cause Lord knows that was one overrated performance

  4. Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 December 8, 2021

    Lil Mama is ICONIC lol….and ya’ll will DEAL 🤣💋 Love her! 🤳🏽

  5. J December 8, 2021

    That one moment solidified Lil Mama’s name in the public consciousness forever

  6. Gladys December 8, 2021

    But didn’t she and Jay get Lil Mama blackballed? It’s funny how her tune has changed considering the PC climate we’re in. I don’t trust Alicia’s motives. She IS a home wrecker.

  7. Wwwd December 8, 2021

    A keys. Is right it was hysterical

  8. FMcL December 8, 2021

    This clickbait negativity infused headline…SMH

  9. Wwwd December 8, 2021

    Ye not going to like her talking about him like that

  10. True Tea December 8, 2021

    Well Kayne lost his mind & his bih while Lil’ Mama & Chrisette are still sane. That’s how “karma” works.

  11. eric December 9, 2021

    That’s not how Alicia spoke of it originally. In 2009 she said, “We can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired, but we would have appreciated it if she would have did it from her seat.” Her tone wasn’t so lighthearted back then. I think people paid it too much attention. Lil Mama still has tons of potential.

    • Naïme December 9, 2021

      Such an hypocrite !

      Back in 2009, she literally stated that Lil Mama should have stayed in the audience.

      Now she wants to pretend to be a feminist ? Have a seat home wrecker.

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