When you're making a live solo performance debut on TV, you have to make it count. And Young Money honey [article id="1647615"]Nicki Minaj is not one to pull up short[/article]. Which explains why she poured herself into a pink-and-purple spacesuit topped by a cotton-candy-colored wig for the MTV VMA pre-show run of her new single, "Check it Out."
Accompanied by two dancers in matching outfits, Nicki stood stock-still like a futuristic superhero for the song's intro, then began to wiggle her world-famous hips over the song's sample of the iconic MTV launch-pad tune "Video Killed the Radio Star." Tossing in some high kicks and plenty of looks at her ample assets, Minaj held onto a railing ringing the stage and shook it slow as guest [artist id="1521450"]will.i.am[/artist] of the Black Eyed Peas strutted out to drop his verse.
Dressed like a bondage cartoon character from the phantom zone, Will kicked it in a skin-hugging black leather suit with a Devo-like plastic high-top fade and white shades, pulsing back and forth alongside Minaj as the crowd shouted out its approval.
"Dummies can't touch me 'cause I'm floatin' sky-high," he rapped, as Nicki wore a sneer on her face and dropped into a double-time island patois with her hand on her hips.
"The DunDun/ Yep, in London," she rapped, shaking her head. "Competition/ Why yes I would love some." But by the time she ended with a grimace frozen on her face, it was clear that Minaj had blown away any and all comers and set the stage for the night of unforgettable performances to come.
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