At the “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” Nicki Minaj paid tribute to America’s soldiers the best way she knows how: get them fired up with a body-rocking performance.
Sporting a fluffy white wig, turquoise tights, towering heels and a super-snug, orange and blue mini-dress, Minaj kicked things off with “Moment 4 Life,” an album cut from her chart-busting debut Pink Friday.
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“In this very moment, I’m king/ In this very moment, I slay Goliath with a sling,” Minaj spit as she strutted across the darkly illuminated stage with her signature flirty yet street swagger. Service members hoisted camera phones in the air as the beat pumped through the massive, tricked-out aircraft hangar.
The track was a fitting way to start the performance, as the Young Money queen talks about savoring the moment, rhyming, “Put ya drinks up/ It’s a celebration every time we link up. Greatness is what we on the brink of.”
Then a roar erupted from the crowd of soldiers and the flicker of flashing lights picked up as the bass line from Minaj’s hit “Right Thru Me” dropped. Four female dancers in glittery cropped pants and black T-shirts appeared to back up the rapper. Later, four guys joined the crew to bust a few moves. Minaj switched up the track for the soldiers slightly, by holding one of the last notes of the song as she strolled down the runway.
The Young Money lyricist, who also teamed up with Katy Perry for a playful cover of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” closed the set on a frenzied note with her rowdy Eminem collabo “Roman’s Revenge.” Trading bars with the assistance of her hypeman, Minaj punched up the set with garish grimaces and struck loopy poses as she tottered about in her stilettos.
“I love you guys, thank you!” she proclaimed at the end of the set, and the soldiers sent her off with a salute of their own, chanting, “Nicki! Nicki!”
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