If it wasn't for a guy named Kanye West, Lil Mama might have dominated Monday's headlines with her, er, zealousness at Sunday night's Video Music Awards. The New York-bred rapper/ TV personality got hyped up and jumped onstage with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys during their show-closing performance of Jay's "Empire State of Mind."
Mama came onstage toward the end of the song and even struck a pose with Hov and Alicia Keys, after Jay had gestured for her to chill out seconds earlier and joked she was "T-Paining." On Monday afternoon (September 14), Mama 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 caught it pretty hard last night on the Internet. The topic "lilmamais" blew up and was even the top Twitter trend for a few hours.
Fabolous was one of the celebs having fun with the moment, 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!!"
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards might have wrapped, but the party is far from over. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates, party reports and much more.