Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, And Adam Levine Perform At The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Adam Levine perform at the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York on Nov. 9.
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When an artist gets decked out in a performance outfit, they already pull all the stops as it is—but when it’s during a fashion show (arguably THE biggest fashion show of the year), the style stakes are MUCH higher. It’s no surprise though that Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Adam Levine BUH-ROUGHT it when they performed at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show last night in New York. (Kanye West ALSO performed, but we have a separate post for him entirely because THAT’S HOW IT IS, Y’ALL.) Like, first off, just look at Jay-Z. You may think, “Um, he’s wearing all black. SO?!” Well, dear friend, look a weeee bit closer. Yeah. Did you spot it? He’s wearing a SHORT SLEEVE LEATHER JACKET. Amazing. He layered it over a long sleeve black sweater and black graphic tee, which he paired with exposed pocket sweatpants and black lace-up boots. He accessorized with two thick gold chains, a couple of beaded bracelets, and a killer platinum watch. Adam Levine from Maroon 5 kept his ensemble a bit more simple in a gray tank, black suit pants, and ankle boots. Adam (luckily) doesn’t have to do TOO much to look amazing because of all those tats, so he just threw on a watch, tousled up his hair, trimmed his beard, and called it day! The boys kept their ensembles low-key, but Nicki Minaj pulled out ALL. THE. STOPS. (per ushe) by wearing literally every color of the rainbow in her decked-out ensemble. THIS OUTFIT NEEDS A CLOSE-UP BEFORE WE CAN CONTINUE.

Nicki Minaj performs at the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York on Nov. 9.
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Nicki sported a bright yellow bustier with a square belt paired with an insane pop art print peplum skirt and leggings. She also sported black and white striped gloves with two KILLER heart bejeweled cuffs with a matching larger-than-life rainbow gem statement necklace (aw, and her bedazzled microphone matches!). She finished her look with a structured mirrored shoulder piece and a cotton candy pink curly bob. But, did you guys NOTICE? She changed shoes! In the top photo she’s wearing THE Giuseppe Zanotti color block platforms (that Katy Perry also wore to the VMAs!), but then she switches to some high-tech silver high tops mid-performance. Whoaaa. Magic. The show airs Nov. 29 on CBS, and we can’t WAIT to see how this shoe switch went down!

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