Nicki Minaj just took the 2015 MTV VMAs with her Pinkprint tracks “Trini Dem Girls” and "The Night Is Still Young," and there couldn’t have been a fierier way to open the show’s 32nd installment.
After making headlines with last year's twerktastic performance of “Anaconda”—and a little wardrobe malfunction on “Bang Bang”—Minaj did it again with this year’s gig, thanks in part to a surprise: Taylor Swift, who came out for the hook on "The Night Is Still Young."
After Minaj descended from upon high to mingle with her dancers on "Trini Dem Girls"—they were all decked out in carnival-ready feathery get-ups—she slid into "Night" with Swift's help—and finished things off with a quick bit of Swift's own "Bad Blood" for good measure. It's a phenomenal follow-up to the dicey, multifaceted exchange Taylor and Nicki found themselves in earlier this year surrounding perceived and actual VMA nominee snubs.
Scope out a Vine from "Trini Dem Girls" below.
All eyes were trained on the performance for a couple big reasons:
1: Tonight’s host, Miley Cyrus, recently served a semi-slam at Onika in the New York Times. Nicki previously criticized the VMAs for snubbing “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself,” provocatively and pointedly discussing showbiz’s preference for certain “kinds” of artists. (Frequently the skinny, white ones.) Miley’s reply included lines like? "I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it” and ""What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite.” Nicki went on to continue the conversation at the VMAs tonight with her reference to "this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?”
And 2: In the midst of rumors that she’s pregnant with boyfriend Meek Mill’s baby, Nicki hyped the show with a since-deleted Instagram photo of an ultrasound promising “big news,” with…a VMA Moonman statue in the center. Alas, no pregnancy announcement—yet?