Nicki Minaj Performs At MTV VMAs 2022, Receives Vanguard Award

One thing about her is that she is the worst in the world.

All eyes were on Nicki Minaj at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

The 39-year-old rapper stole the show as he took the stage to perform a medley of hits before taking home the evening’s most prestigious accolade, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Chic in a Barbie pink look consisting of a sparkly top, mini skirt and lace-up shoes, Minaj topped the performance with plenty of twerking, an epic pole dance moment, and crunching with her shirtless male dancers.

Her set included “Roman’s Revenge,” “Chun‐Li,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Anaconda,” and “Super Bass,” making Taylor Swift laugh and sing along to the crowd.

Of course, the performance wouldn’t be complete without Minaj’s fiery new hit ‘Super Freaky Girl’.

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Nicki Minaj bested her performance at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, with hits like “Beez in the Trap” and “Super Freaky Girl.”
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The song from her upcoming fifth studio album went viral on TikTok this summer thanks to its catchy lyrics and dance craze spawned by user @lorddroman.

“I can lick it, I can ride it while you slippin’ and slidin’ / I can do all those little tricks and keep the d–k in,” Minaj raps on the track, which is a sample of Rick James’ 1981 song. contains “Superfreak.”

“You can hit it, you can grab it, you can go down and kiss it / And every time he leaves me alone he always says he misses it.”

The performance at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, marked Minaj’s return to the VMA stage for the first time in four years.

In 2018 she has performed a “Queen” themed medley consisting of hits like ‘Majesty’, ‘Barbie Dreams’ and ‘Ganja Burn’.

A photo of Nicki Minaj at the 2018 VMAs
The rapper was last at the VMAs in 2018.
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In accepting the Video Vanguard Award — given to artists “for their outstanding contributions and profound impact on music video and popular culture,” per MTV — Minaj praised her Barbz and the artists who have inspired her over the years, including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Drake.

Minaj also started choking as she talked about the importance of mental health.

“Let me tell you something… I’ve never written a speech in my life, and today I wrote something down on my phone… first of all to everyone here, thank you and God bless you,” she said in part.

“This was in my mind to say. I wish Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were here. I wish people would take mental health seriously… even if you think they have the perfect life.”

Past recipients of Video Vanguard include Jennifer Lopez, West, Spears, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, The Beatles, Janet Jackson and Madonna.

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj at VMAs 2016
Minaj also teamed up with Ariana Grande for a performance of “Side to Side” at the 2016 VMAs.

In addition to the award and performance, Minaj was chosen to lead this year’s awards ceremony along with Jack Harlow and LL Cool J.

She also received nominations in two categories: Best Hip-Hop for “Do We Have a Problem?” starring Lil Baby and Song of the Summer for “Super Freaky Girl.”

A photo of Nicki Minaj performing at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Two years earlier, Minaj wore an all-green ensemble to perform her hit song “Anaconda.”
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