After causing a dust-up with their comments and receiving a rebuke from Beyonce, the young singers took to Twitter to speak on their own behalf.
“We meant no disrespect to our girl Lauryn Hill last night, it was a bad joke. We’re big fans and hope you’re not mad! #peace -MB” (@MindlessBehavior)
Mindless Behavior hit the stage to announce the award for best female R&B artist, along with comedian Mike Epps, the funny left the room.
In the bit, Epps sang poorly and Mindless Behavior member Ray Ray played along.
“You sing bad,” he said. “Like Lauryn Hill tax accountant bad.”
The remark was a reference to Hill’s recent IRS troubles. Hill pled guilty for not filing returns in 2005, 2006, and 2007. The former Fugees member now faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 fine for each count.
Beyonce, who rose to accept the award for best female R&B artist, offered a motherly smack down to the young singers.
“I wanted to thank all the talented R&B women who came before me like Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige,” she said. It was a clear reprimand and a moment of sisterly solidarity.
According to TMZ, when Beyonce left the stage, she told someone that the comment was “disrespectful” and after the woman complimented Beyonce for her acceptance speech, she responded: “I just felt [the diss] was wrong.” –-E. Parker, CBS Local