Nicki Minaj opened the 24th annual Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas with a sex-fuelled, nine minute medley of her most recent and heavily rotated club-bangers.
Dressed like a sexy cat burglar fresh off of a heist, Minaj kicked off her high octaine performance with “No Frauds,” a scathing diss track. The track is a response to Remy Ma’s seven-minute assault “Shether,” in which the Terror Squad rapper accuses Minaj of butt surgery (“Talking ‘bout bringing knives to a fight with guns / When the only shots you ever took was in your buns”), cheating on ex Meek Mill and implies that the “Anaconda” rapper doesn’t write her own rhymes.
Lil Wayne, who appears to be making a low-key comeback of his own, took the stage to sing his mostly censored expletive-laden verse as Nicki watched from her throne. Minutes later, Minaj emerged with French DJ David Guetta for her dance track “Light My Body Up.” If dry humping were an art form, Minaj is Picasso.
Jason Derulo accompanied joined Minaj onstage for a performance of sing summer anthem contender “Swalla” where Minaj, still bringing the sexy, gyrated on a chair as if it owed her money. To close, Minaj chose to tone things down for her fourth and final number “Regret In Your Tears.”
Notably absent from the performance was label-mate Drake, who also has a verse in “No Frauds.” Drake watched from the audience, letting Minaj revel in the spotlight. Later that night, Drake performed “Gyalchester” at the fountains of Bellagio.
While there’s no official release date for her next album, we can accume it’s coming soon, as Minaj’s rap in Major Lazor’s “Run Up” says she’s “'bout to drop an album, this is my fourth.” Let’s hope “soon” means this summer.
See Nicki Minaj’s performance (just try not to faint) below.