Nicki Minaj gave us plenty to gawk at when she debuted “Anaconda” at the VMAs in August, so when she hit the stage for her headlining set at the 2014 MTV EMA in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday, Nov. 9, her Minajesty upped the ante a bit.
She gave us a bit of the past, present and future, in addition to that lovely rear view, of course.
Nicki, who also played host for the night, began her performance by revisiting her smash hit “Super Bass” from Pink Friday. Although she’s emphasized that her upcoming album The Pinkprint will take a much different direction than the ultra pop track, the crowd was clearly in the mood for a li'l throwback.
Queen Barb began the performance comfortably posted up on her EMA throne, wearing a black fishnet body suit, surrounded by dancers who immediately began to break it down. And after revisiting some of the choreography from the video, things switched up dramatically.
The cameras quickly cut to Skylar Grey on a secluded area of the stage, who was seated at a piano, singing the lyrics to a slow jam that we haven’t heard before. Nicki joined her, delivering a new verse to the song called "Bed of Lies," which will appear on her third album, The Pinkprint.
Nicki didn't give us too much time to meditate on the new song, though; after the brief downtempo change of pace, Nicki returned to center stage to join her dancers for “Anaconda.” She worked some of those enchanting moves from the video, getting down on all fours, with her derrière in the air -- clearly she’s having fun with this one live.
And now, Nicki has us waiting around for the full version of "Bed of Lies." We’ll try hard to be patient. In the meantime, watch her 2014 EMA performance in the video above. And check out her acceptance speech for the Best Hip Hop Award in the video below.