Leave it to Nicki Minaj to pull off five equally impressive costume changes within the span of a few hours, basically in the amount of time it takes me to talk myself into changing out of my pajamas. Though, OK, maybe "pulling off" is pushing it, since she technically didn't succeed with one of those quick changes.
BUT! Did you see how masterfully she recovered? Of course you did. She oozed elegance despite the fact that she was one slipped-hand away from going full-on Janet Jackson. Ahead, a timeline of all of her outfits (and a question: How does she do it?!).
THE RED CARPET SNAKESKIN MINIDRESS
Giving a wink to her new reptilian-themed single, Nicki slayed in a long-sleeve Saint Laurent metallic mini and pumps.
THE GREEN SPARKLY "ANACONDA" HOT PANTS
Typically performers wear some sort of tights/hose/legwear when they are on a stage in front of basically the entire country. Nicki ain't got time for that (nor does she need it).
THE BROKEN-BUT-STILL-BODACIOUS "BANG BANG" DRESS
She's all, "No zipper? No problem!" in her Saint Laurent frock.
THE ALL-WHITE EVERYTHING "SHE CAME TO GIVE IT TO YOU" LOOK
Her face says, "How amazing does my butt look in these jeans and Giuseppes, and also who knew Usher could play guitar?"
BONUS: THE AFTER PARTY ENSEMBLE
Nicki opted for long, straight strands when she stepped out in her last outfit of the night: a hunter-green leather frock with matching ankle booties and pale-pink lips. Perfection!