As if the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show needed any additional flash — what with the $2.5 million mermaid-inspired bejeweled "Fantasy Treasure Bras" and scantily clad supermodels and all — organizers of Wednesday night's big production (reported price tag: $12 million) rolled out a host of superstar performers including Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Maroon 5.
West performed his solo hit "Stronger," serenading models as they passed, and then was joined by his Watch the Throne partner, Jay-Z, for a rousing version of their current smash "N---as in Paris" (sadly, Will Ferrell did not make a cameo). Nicki Minaj strutted down the catwalk in a brightly colored cosmic-themed number, bounding her way through "Super Bass." And Maroon 5's Adam Levine walked hand-in-hand with his girlfriend, Victoria's Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna, while singing his band's megahit "Moves Like Jagger."
Before launching into "Stronger," West addressed the fact that he was originally scheduled to perform at the 2007 Victoria's Secret show, but canceled his appearance after the death of his mother, Donda.
"In 2007, I was supposed to perform this song ... then my mom passed away," West reportedly told the audience, which included the likes of Beyoncé and Tyson Beckford. "She was my superhero. Now she's my super-angel."
All in all, the annual Victoria's Secret extravaganza featured six different themes — including "Ballet," "Super Angels" and "Aquatic Angels" — and 38 models (including superstars like Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes), who walked the runway in 31 different pairs of wings and sported a whopping 69 looks.
The 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will air November 29 on CBS.