Alicia Keys Talks Lil Mama & Kanye West
Lil Mama, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys at the MTV Awards 2009: One of these things does not belong here!
In a recent interview with MTV, Lil Mama said she realized Jay-Z wasn’t feeling her stage crashing his performance at this year’s Video Music Awards. Well, guess who else wasn’t feeling that stage invasion? His co-performer Alicia Keys. Keys appeared on the Today show this morning, and when hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb asked about Mama, Keys initially declined to comment.
“I’d rather not speak about it,” Alicia said. “The performance was so phenomenal, it doesn’t matter about anything else.” However, later in the interview the hosting duo coaxed a comment from Keys.
“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.”
But Keys had a lot more positive things to say about the show-closing performance of “Empire State of Mind.”
“It’s phenomenal. Jay-Z and I both are native New Yorkers,” the singer explained. “It’s a classic New York song — new Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli. I don’t know, it’s a beautiful New York song, I love it. It’s great to perform in New York and the VMA’s were [previously] in L.A., now it’s back and it’s great to perform. The whole room was crazy.”
The Today show hosts also asked Keys’ opinions on Kanye West‘s upstaging of Taylor Swift.
“I think that obviously he knew that wasn’t in the best taste, in retrospect, and I think he realized that wasn’t quite the right thing to do,” she offered.