Nicki Minaj at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2011 (left) and 2010.
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Are ya'll ready for this?! Your Tuesday afternoon is about to get a WHOLE lot more exciting, because Nicki Minaj will be performing at the 2012 VMAs! (Pause for excited dancing.) Yep, that's right. She'll be joining fellow performers Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift onstage at the Staples Center this Thursday night for a sure-to-be-epic live show. We've already started counting down the days, hours, and even MINUTES until she hits the stage, but there's something equally important we need to discuss about Nicki's upcoming VMA performance right now...and that's her outfit, obviously. No lie, it's going to be pretty tough to top the amazingly out-there candy raver ensemble she worked last year, a look SO obsession-worthy, we even dissected it all piece by piece! She set the bar seriously high with 2011's pink and yellow beehive hairdo, surgical mask, and metallic-Anime-candy motif outfit, but if anyone can push the originality envelope even further, it's Nicki.
Then again, this is a pop star who's ALL about surprises. And you know what would be the ultimate wild card? If she chucked the outrageous outfit idea for a sleek look like the one she wore to the 2010 VMAs. She took an unexpectedly classic approach on the red carpet (we know, right?!) in a champagne vest and trousers by designer Lura Starr and heels by Versace. Her statement necklace by Basile & Pape might be ridiculously daring by most people's standards, but for Nicki? That's nothing. Either way, we can't wait to see what's up her (designer) sleeve this time around!
Kooky or classic: which Nicki Minaj VMA look do you like best? And more importantly, what do YOU think she'll wear on Thursday night?!
Watch the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and MTV.com Catch the live preshow at 7 p.m. ET/PT and cast your votes for Best New Artist and Most Share-Worthy Video into the show!