During the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, Lil Mama crashed the stage during the show’s finale, the debut performance of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.” Jay called Angie Martinez’s Hot 97 radio show to talk for the first time about Mama’s move.
“To interrupt that moment for us, I don’t think that was the right thing to do,” Jay said.
Jay also compared the Mama incident to Kanye West spoiling Taylor Swift’s winning moment . “It was a lot of planning that went into that performance. To disrupt that was outta line,” he said.
Hov also said Mama’s actions angered him, but there wasn’t much he could do when she came onstage uninvited. “What I’mma do, fight Lil Mama?”
Mama told MTV News , in the wake of the incident, that she came onstage because she was overwhelmed with inspiration. Alicia Keys told the “Today” show that she and Jay wished Mama had stayed in the crowd. “We can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired,” Keys said, “but we would have appreciated it if she would have did it from her seat.”
Jay is overseas performing, so he won’t be on hand when VH1 salutes Def Jam during their “Hip-Hop Honors” program taping Wednesday night (September 23).
“There’s a lot of people in Def Jam,” he said. “They’ll cover for me.”
Jay’s Blueprint 3 is the #1 album in the country for the second week in a row. For that, he thanked the fans.