Nicki Minaj Confirms She’s Still Into Chain Mail With BET Awards Performance Outfit

Nicki Minaj performing at the 2014 BET Awards.
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If you watched, like, one minute of the BET Awards Red Carpet coverage, you know it’s hot in L.A. The best way to cool down if you’re too hot? Forgo a shirt! Just ask Nicki Minaj–she performed at the show in a shirt (IDK if that’s what to call it, TBH) made from gold chains. Her hair was long, wavy, and strategically placed. When riding a motorcycle inside you have to take precautions, OK? This is a PG-rated show.

The gold chainmail shirt continues a small streak of Nicki wearing metal tops. First, there was the gold jacket from her “Lookin’ A** N****” music video. Then, of course, there was this shining-armor number she wore over her Hot 97 Summer Jam pasties.

On her bottom half, though, Nicki wore something a little less familiar: a skirt covered with leather tassels. The tassels, actually, are attached to an oversize peplum belt from Zana Bayne’s Fall 2014 collection. Also, patterned tights and gladiator sandals. DOUBLE also: She hung out under a giant mushroom with a human-sized bunny. Oh, what, you don’t get the reference? Neither do I, but any excuse to look at this GIF of a bunny smoking a cigarette is fine by me.

Nicki continues to blend her old and new ~lewks~–while her outfit was more akin to past years’ over-the-top Nicki, her beauty game was simple. Will this combo continue all summer? We can hope!

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