Listen to Nicki Minaj’s music and you’ll hear a woman confident in both her musical ability and her sexual prowess, but stand face-to-face with the rap beauty, tell her that you thought her “Anaconda” music video was sexy, and she might just blush.
“I didn’t think the video was so sexy or crazy, but I guess, I dunno,” Nicki said sheepishly of her latest Pinkprint video during a chat backstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, where she performed three times.
Despite Nicki’s modesty, the “Anaconda” video definitely caused a stir. In just 24 hours after the clip was released on August 19, Minaj logged 19.6 million hits on Vevo, breaking a single-day record previously held by Miley Cryus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Today, “Anaconda” has almost 84 million views, and it still has fans talking about her barely-there outfits and memorizing the impressive gyrations.
“I didn’t expect that. I didn’t even expect the picture getting the controversey it got,” she said. “For the video to break a record, I was like, ‘What the?'”