NEW YORK — Not only did New York get a free Nicki Minaj concert Friday night, but the lucky fans in the audience will also be appearing in the video for the DJ Doorly remix of her hit single "Starships."
After the Times Square show, Nicki made her way to the nearby Renaissance Hotel for a meet-and-greet with her fans, then sat with MTV News for a little one-on-one.
"All the fans that were in Times Square tonight will get to be in the video, which is gonna be super exciting for them to see themselves," the hometown star said. "I'm actually really interested in seeing it; I didn't really know how they were going to make it all happen."
Nokia sponsored the surprise concert and teamed Nicki with DJ Doorly, who came up with his own dance remix for the Barb's current single from her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
About a thousand or so fans gathered in Times Square several hours before the Young Money rap star took the stage. When she finally did emerge, she delivered a short-but-high-energy set. Nicki set things off with the album version of "Starships" and then performed "Right By My Side" sans Chris Brown. For the finale, Ms. Minaj closed with her 2011 summer hit "Super Bass." The youthful crowd of locals and out-of-town tourists jumped up and down, rapping along to every word.
After Nicki left the stage, the DJ spun the Doorly "Starships" remix and the fans danced, while overhead cameras caught the footage to use in the video, which will hit YouTube on Saturday (April 7).
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