Nicki Minaj Takes Over Times Square With Special Show

By Rob Markman

"Shutting down TIMES SQUARE!!!!!! Let's go #Nokia" superstar Nicki Minaj tweeted just before her performance in Times Square and shut it down she did. Good Friday all of a sudden became Pink Friday when Nicki Minaj (and alter ego Roman) took the stage in Times Square to promote her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and the release of the remixed "Starships" video with DJ Doorly. The clip doesn't hit YouTube until Saturday, but on Friday (April 6), Nicki riled up more than 1,000 fans who gathered to see the reigning rap queen rock an unannounced show, sponsored by Nokia. It was 7:30 p.m. ET when the counter on the stage clock hit zero and the blue curtain revealed the Female Weezy in all her glory. Dressed in a blond wig, white collared shirt and black one-piece with tiger-striped stockings, Nicki set things off properly with her current top-five single "Starships."

Fans threw their hands up and danced, releasing all their anxiety from the hours that they waited. "Who's in love? Is anybody in love?" the Young Money star asked before launching into her Chris Brown-assisted midtempo "Right By My Side."

There was no Breezy, but Nicki made sure to bring that boom-ba-boom-boom with her when the beat for the infectious "Super Bass" dropped. The Harajuku Barbie danced and rapped, encouraging all her Barbz to sing along.

"It's an honor for me to be here tonight. I'm from New York," she said before announcing to the crowd that they will be filmed and that the footage will be used in her new "Starships" DJ Doorly remix video.

With only three songs performed, the show sure was short, but Nicki made sure everyone had a sweet time.

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