Nicki Minaj Ruled the VMAs With New Song, Award & More


| LAST UPDATE 09/14/2023

By Alanis Wallis
Nicki Minaj Performance Rap
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The MTV Video Music Awards are always a memorable evening, and this year was no different. Between epic performances, big wins, and tributes to hip-hop, this event was not one to miss, and Nicki Minaj was at the center of it all. She performed multiple times, gave fans a sneak peek into her upcoming albumPink Friday 2, and more.

The rapper's upcoming album is her fifth studio album and is scheduled to be released on November 17, 2023. Nearly two months ahead of its drop date, Minaj teased what we can all expect to be jamming out to soon. During a solo performance, she sang her latest single, Last Time I Saw You, for a live audience for the first time. After rocking out on those bars, she said to the crowd, "It wouldn't be right if I didn't give y'all a Pink Friday 2 exclusive." Cue major cheers from the crowd. Minaj flowed directly into a bass-heavy track and started rapping along. If this is a glimpse into her upcoming album, we are already counting down the days until November. 

Nicki Minaj VMAs Award
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If you wanted more Minaj? Well, you're in luck. The rapper also performed Itty Bitty Piggy and Red Ruby da Sleeze as part of the tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Additionally, the tribute featured Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, McDaniels, Grandmaster Flash, Slick Rick, and more. It was an epic way to celebrate the genre. We are here for it. That's not all for Minaj, either. She reprised her role of emcee for the night again. She first emceed the awards show last year. This time, she was able to celebrate a huge achievement. She won the Best Hip-Hop Video award for Super Freaky Girl. That's not it. This is the Trinidadian rapper's record fifth time winning that category. Minaj said in her acceptance speech, "You guys, thank you so much. You know what? So often I joke around and play around and stuff, but tonight, I don't know why, but this morning when I woke up, I had this really strong sense of gratitude. And that's the truth."

It's been a big year for the Queen of Rap. She collaborated with Ice Spice on the hit song Barbie World for the new Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie. So, what can fans expect next? Stay tuned as we find out...

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