Alicia Keys Appreciates Lil Mama ... From A Distance: The MTV Quote Of The Day

"We can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired, but we would have appreciated it if she would have did it from her seat."

-Alicia Keys giving her thoughts on Lil Mama's cameo appearance during her and Jay-Z's performance of "Empire State of Mind" at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Keys was initially hesitant to talk to "Today" co-hosts Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb about the incident, but she eventually opened up. She mostly had positive things to say about her performance on Sunday and about the show in general. "It's a classic New York song — new Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli," said Keys of "Empire State of Mind," which appears on Jay-Z's just-released and chart-topping The Blueprint 3. "I don't know, it's a beautiful New York song. I love it. It's great to perform in New York at the VMAs. The whole room was crazy." Keys also weighed in on the other big interruption of the evening: Kanye West's invasion of the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video. "I think that obviously he knew that wasn't in the best taste, in retrospect," she said. "I think he realized that wasn't quite the right thing to do."