Following Ariana Grande’s performance of “Break Free,” and just moments before joining Ariana and Jessie J (and holding her dress together as it seemed eager to pop open) to perform “Bang Bang” and complete a show-opening medley, Nicki dropped jaws with her live “Anaconda” rendition.
Like a large portion of the official video, the VMA version of the buzzing The Pink Print single was jungle-themed, as the Young Money MC emerged donning a green sequenced two-piece and body paint. Rapping her verses with the flawless precision that makes her one of the game’s best, she also showed off the dance moves that remind why she’s a top-tier pop star.
Surrounded by some camo-clad dancers and a couple intensely strong gymnasts hanging from rings, Nicki rehashed the “Anaconda” workout — which debuted online last week before quickly taking the world by storm. The butt-lifts, the 180-degree leg swings, the general ass-shaking — yeah, it was all there.
Oh, she also got humped by one of her dancers.
Warning: Watching the performance may cause you to look like Drake.