Video: Nicki Minaj Performs at VMA Pre-Show

will.i.am and Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj made her VMA debut with a choreographed performance of a sped-up “Your Love,” backed by dancers who mimed her moves as she fast-forwarded to the future with her full-length body suit and pink beehive. Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, clad like a porcelain doll, joined the Harajuku Barbie for her new single “Check It Out,” which closed out the performance with a bang.



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62 Comments

  1. Mia

    Somewhere Lauyrn Hill is laughing, Lil Kim is clapping, Drake is regretful , & MTV is happy they booked her 4 the Pre Show instead!

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  2. A Realist

    Yessssss for S.Beezy’s dancing. lmfao!

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  3. Dizzle

    This loooked like Alien VS Preditor loooool but i loved it aha (:

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  4. A Realist

    Lil Kim is on her couch eating Cheetos while Nicki is at the VMA’s, fag.

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  5. pablo

    Um…wow. homegirl needs to step her stage presence up. that outfit is not the business. totally agree with Mia #thatisall

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  6. Diamond

    Wow her singing ‘Your Love’ for 10 seconds was horrible. The rest was so BASIC, agreed with the comments above, for a cocky/confident rap chick, she needs to work on her stage presence. That really wasn’t that good Nicki..no wonder shes tweeting as Nicki Manaj on twitter.

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  7. BROOKLYN718

    Solidified Lil Kim’s position as the QUEEN BEE FOREVER!

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  8. jj3310

    this was whack..horrible choreography and wack stage setup…she had no stage presence and is too stiff..im so disappointed

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  9. ugh

    her outfit looked like a grape soda can wrapped in purple twine…and the choreography?? Girl please, it looked like an aerobics video. Her facial ticks and moaning just took her performance to -10. That gimmick was cool at first, but you gotta learn to progress girlfriend.
    FAIL ON EVERY LEVEL!

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  10. Gabe

    I think she did alright. Her stage presence can be better but she has come along way from standing in one spot, rapping with the song louder than she is. Kudos to her. Not her best but she can do better.

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  11. KINGSH!T

    I love her.! She is taking female rapping 2 another level…enought of just going onstage nd rapping she gives a performance. @ first I wasn’t feelin Check it out but now I love it.! Good job Nicki.!

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  12. joe

    lil kim is laughing haha. she could have done better lets be honest, im not a hater at all but come on nicki. i think shes trying to make her image like a missy/kim hybrid and its not working haha

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  13. KyleNAJJJ

    Everyone can’t have amazing performances every time they step up on a stage; the performance wasnt as good as her others but it was still ok. Also, NickiMinaj proved that Lil Kim was out of the picture months ago. She just needs to not be so stiff and let up on the faces and just be herself when she is up there. If dancing isn’t her thing she shouldn’t do it because others want it. If she does her she will go so much farther and so far she has done 99% of that (1% being this performance).

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  14. TheTruthIsBack101

    The Kim fans can jump off a fuckin cliff Nicki was havin fun WTF everyone has to b serious about hip hop all the fuckin time. Damn let the chick breathe if Kim did it it would have been the hottest thing right??? Well WRONG because Kim;s time is up she had her run

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  15. FACT

    The above performance is something you’d book for a children’s party where all the children are 10yrs or younger. Kid’s wld eat this ish up all day long. But this is not the same groundbreaking territory that female rapper’s before her have created. This is watered down puppet rap.

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  16. whatever

    it was alrighttt

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  17. (:

    i liked it, it was just like the other performance, but this one was entertaining(: and funny, i actually thought it was gunna be ehhh, past my expectations, that booty shake mmmmmm made my day:P

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  18. ponyo

    this is one of nickis best performances…in my own opinion but she need to stop taking shots at the person she copied…i am not a hater ….#teamlilkim…i don’t buy bootlegs cause alot of y’all do follow me at luciouscoko

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  19. cirooc

    TOO ALL YOU FUCKIN HATTIN ASS BITCHS STOP HAIIN ON NICK MINAJ .
    SHE IS THE BITCH TOO BEAT & YOU ALL CAN SUCK MY DICK HOEESS

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  20. Jay

    @CIROOC, LOVE YOUR COMMENT

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  21. meme

    i love nicki with all my heart but i have come to the conclusion after watchin her perform in person and on tv that she is not a performer. Awsome lyrisist, great image and great all around artist but she is not a performer. That is one area lil kim would eat her alive in. I wonder why she always sounds as tho she whisperin when she performs

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  22. Taybee(Ranoey)

    This was her best performance- because she danced and the outfits and all killed it. And another thing for your FYI the theme of this performance was just robotic gesture- which is why will and her are dressed like they are from space- or futuristic type.

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  23. joe

    NICKI MINAJ SINGING…..FAIL! lol

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  24. cutiepie

    Y’all clit riding broke down barbies can’t be mad because that performance sucked Monkey balls lmbao

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  25. Tessa

    HAHA OK HATERS! check out the size of the stage, its SMALL! and lorianne gibson chorigraphed this so ITS NOT HER OWN DANCING. go to a nicki concert, SHE KILLS IT! crazy! & its FUTURISTIC. clearly you all know nothing about will.i.am this was a GREAT performance. & PLUS half nicki’s words had to be changed or censored. check out nicki’s MONSTER verse. yeah, i thought so!

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  26. Disappointed..

    i love nicki personally…but to me she could have done alot better especially a first performance “alone” on a awards show…i agree with mia #thatisall

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  27. Phoenix_Wright

    I had to watch it over…they killed it

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  28. IDGAF

    How does normal person with 5 senses enjoy that performance?

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  29. Jay

    I AGREE, DANCING IS NOT NICKI’S FORTE. IF SHE KEPT WITH THAT SIDE TO SIDE STEP SHE WOULDVE BEEN GOOD. HER SINGING WAS OFF, BUT I BELIEVE IT WAS BECAUSE SHE WAS NERVOUS, AND YEA SHE DOES SOUND LIKE SHE WHISPERS WHEN SHE SINGS. HER HOMEBOY COULDNT TRY TO WEAR AN OUTFIT THAT MATCHED THE THEME? C’MON SON! SHE SHOULDVE WORN WHITE TO OFFSET WILL.I.AM, AND SHE HAS A BIG BUTT FOR NO REASON, SHAKE IT GIRL USE THAT BIG BOOTY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE!!!!

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  30. carmen

    I liked it. To me Nicki didn’t have much as the others as far as props and stage size, since she was a pre show performer and she did good- entertaining. No lipsinging.

    To me the main performers were the lazy ones. All that lip singing and bad dancers and they been doing it for years. She’s just learning. But the main show was boring. Nicki dont ahve to dance or sing anyway, shes a rapper but she did so whats all this about bad stage presence?

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  31. maxi lopez

    i think her performance was awesome tho…

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  32. Jeylan

    I enjoyed Nicki Performance, I liked it, she truely is a entertainer , she knew what she was doin’, she’s not afraid to be different :)

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  33. Stephonne

    I dug it!

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  34. 2011k

    Everybody’s saying that Nicki’s not a good performer, but I disagree because that was one of the BEST COMEDY SKETCHES I have seen in a LONG time!!! I’m telling ya, Nicki can do it all: guest feature, look stupid, and now Comedy!!!! What’s next for this woman?!!

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  35. Kelly

    LMAO!!! That performance was WACK!!! Lil’ KIm is the QUEEN BEE OF HIP HOP!!! Nicki proved it last night. Lil’ Kim has stage presence, and skills on the mic. Nicki is Wack. Lil’ Kim was in the studio making some new music, and LAUGHING at this chick. Nicki is a clone of Lil’ Kim, a Karaoke star.

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  36. chi city

    lmao at how ppl will go to any measures to defend that wack ass shit….IT SUCKED JUST FACE THE FACTS!!!!!

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  37. SirMinaj

    Nicki I love you, Your Amazing… I didnt love this performance but I didnt Hate it! But Your deff Better than any other female rapper out their F U C K the haters I love You Just stop trying to get more WHITE fanns cause the fanns you already have will take you far babe

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  38. Lets Be Real

    The end was EVERYTHINGGGGGG!!!! Scaff Beezy doing the robot was so unexpected. Everybody always expect Nicki to stick in a box she is going beyond that shes a veretile artist and thats exactly what the industry needs right now.

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  39. Lets Be Real

    *Versatile

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  40. TeamMinaj

    Nicki isnt a dancer, she’s a rapper thats probably why she looked a little stiff. If you’ve ever watched any of her other performances she DOES have stage presence, she was probably a little nervous & this was the 1st time she performed ‘Check It Out’. Yall are a bunch of whack ass haters, Nicki’s accomplished so much and she hasnt even dropped her 1st album yet… YOU GO NICKI, Team Minaj LOVES YOU & IS ALWAYS SUPPORTING YOU! ‘Pink Friday’ 11.23.10

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  41. Steve

    @KELLY
    STOPPPPPPP going into ALLL of Nicki’s post just to sayy negative shit, damn write it in a journal.

    Anywayyy I DUGG this performance. Hair ON POINT, Robot Outfit ON POINT, Spaceship Stage ON POINT. Futuristic theme LOVED IT. Nicki’s dancing LOVED IT, Nicki’s SINGING not really impressed but her thats more singing then Lil Kim has ever done, also more dancing than Lil Kim has ever done and I love it. Chemistry between her & Will.I.Am was on point to, she does seem nervous while she was singing which she’ll probably get over with experience and MORE performances but she was prob. scared about forgeting a lyric OR step and perform INTERNATIONALLY but I still liked it and Kudos to Nicki for doing more than most Female OR Male rappers have done which is Dancing, Singing, Rapping all in one performance OR even getting on VMAs period ! She’s breaking barriers.

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  42. new nicki fan

    small stage whatd yall expect….it was just another performance for Nicki.. she’s smart! she used this event so she help her single climb the charts and get more publicity! the performance was playful that’s nicki’s whole stlye … her time will come when she will hace a real good performance …her performance in atlanta was better

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  43. nojusthenry

    u cant help to love nicki… pop up on these hoes like some pimple shit.. hahah

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  44. hip hop lives

    Good for an amateur on the preshows. Some ppl been in the industry way longer and still havent got to the preshow. She sang fine to me too. Shell get better with time, coaching, and background singers and stuff. Not really likin the song but I see what shes trying to do and im not mad and she already has the crowds interaction

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  45. Lia(the Angolan)

    I like you nicki your songs your personaly but i dont like your look is terrible we be in the sec.21 and William you is not a beautifull,your look is terrible

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  46. cierra curns

    omg scary looking people right here..

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  47. STOPLYING

    DID SOMEONE REALLY SAY IT WAS BECAUSE THE STAGE WAS 2 SMALL LOL….STOP WITH ALL THE EXCUSES THIS WAS AWFULLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!

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  48. Eve4life

    Its not about being a dancer. Its about having stage presence. Kim Eve Foxy Missy Lauryn Diggah Trina demand attention on stage. Nicki not so much.. I was waiting on Lil Mama to come interrupt her performance because that was wack!

    Drake said that Nicki was an Icon.. Icons don’t perform @ pre shows baby and they would never look that bad doing it even on their worst day!

    Nicki watch out because when the Queens come back in town everythings about to shut down!

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  49. Trina305

    I have never laughed so hard.. Her stans are funnier than her live shows. Tessa I wish this was twitter so I could fav your comment.. She said the stage was to small OMG what the hell does that have to do with anything. Maybe she should know the size of the stage before she puts those big __ butt pads on. Taking up all that unnecessary room.

    FYI – Kim Eve Trina don’t dance on stage yet they still command a stage. She just makes faces. She did it at Pride,Bet, & at Yankee stadium. Stop making excuses and face it she is a studio artist and not a live one.

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  50. Beyoncestan

    Nicki You are so dumb. You are really dumb. For real..

    She climbing on stages making a fool of herself trying 2 rap trying to sing trying to dance trying to rap trying to sing

    run and tell that run and tell that!

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  51. Pretty1908

    the stage was too small aww woo woo ive seen beyonce, trina,and lil kim murder a small stage… they work with their surroundings … i mean how much space does she need. the media hyped this girl up too much …she made me tear up from all that laughing i did.

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  52. Carmen

    @beyoncestan ya joke was lame.

    Ive seen Beyonce when she first started with destiny’s child and she made lots of improvement over the years.

    This was a good PREshow performance thats what it was. Pre show performers dont get the same props as the real performers and for Nicki to be one of the highlights as simply a preshow is pretty good. Its almost like the show opening act or the headliner, everybody knows headliners get the best of the best, lighting, stage set, sound, all that. its not an excuse its just giving facts that this performance was great for a preshow. I guess expectations r really high for her for whatever reason.

    but anyway when did drake call Nicki minaj an icon lol? She cant possibly be an icon yet, shes just beginning. Now that is a crazy statement. Drakes in love

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  53. rae

    & while yall are sitting at home on yer asses watching the VMAs & hating on Nicki; shes performing around the world making much money so… #WhyHate ?? LOL sorry asses !! Nicki the best end of story.

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  54. Pretty1908

    lol i love stans they really think being rich makes you a valid and beautiful person.

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  55. PI

    The moment I saw Nicki Minaj on VMA I immediately tasted a bit of vomit in my throat. You know that real hot sensation that overtakes you. The gastric juice. The performance was gross. Nicki needs a reality check. We all know what she’s trying to do. That is not the same bitch that started on YouTube. Sellout and stupid. She is nowhere near icon status. Can’t fuck with the previous femcees. Nicki Minaj whether successful or not will not help unsigned femcees get in the game. She’s too much. It’s gonna backfire. Mark my words.

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  56. shh

    By the performance i knew off the back she wasnt gonna win any award…. yung money talked all that smack but was shocked by justin bieber takin home the moon man. drake should of seen this coming after nickis lip singing performance. n honestly shes looking kind of bald under all her wigs

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  57. Steve

    @Shh

    When did Young Money talk all what smack ?? And you’d have to be dead to be shocked at Justin Bieber winning the award. When did Nicki ever lip sync if your refferin to the BET Awards there are def madd Live videos of her performing everybody that performed All I Do Is Win had low Mic’s Busta, Luda, Diddy…so if you wanna make up things to hate on go head. AND when she gets a Grammy for Best Female Rapper your gonna use the excuse “She had no competition” when Trina released a albumn this year, Diamond bout to realease as well as Rasheeda the this is there still shootin while Nicki ran past them and slam dunked on there asses.

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  58. Pretty1908

    rofl lol lmao rofl lol lmao lol rofl lol lmao someone needs to educate some people on the grammy criteria. grammy does best female artist period… it isnt a best female rapper. and nicki wont win grammy she will attend but she wont win a grammy. the people who the grammys are not mindless overexposed self centered insecure barbie wanna be’s these people actually study and have education in music. their concern is the artistry and the ability to perform… im sorry nicki just doesnt have that.

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  59. 4isenough09

    I don’t think she used her ass enough that is one thing that il’kim can’t ever top is kim is gross she always has been only now she is a fake gross with all thatr surgery nick is hot even i fshe was on stage takin a shit she could be hotter then kim but I think that barbie army is weird just shake your ass nicki

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  60. James1

    On the Wendy William and David Letterman show Nicki Minaj performance was the same “stiff” I was disappointed to see that. Surly she is no Lady Gaga and as a fan I do not wish her to be. However I would accept it had she gone in that direction, while watching her beautiful outfit and her dancer’s unusual moves was unique but I cannot say that about Nicki presence on stage, at least a movement here or there with the beat would have had me. Giving that it would have not hurt her in fact I do not think I would pay to see her in concert after seeing her on T.V. I’m not asking for her to be a dancing Queen but at least she should show some physical emotion. She should come out of her vacation season and sprinkle some of her multiple disorder Rap into sensual hand and foot steps according to the mood of songs (Right Thru Me) Lets hope just hope in the future this changes. If this is the beginning of more of the same, I believe her career depends on her loosing up. Sales will go “thru the roof” and just may beat out projected winner for record sales over Susan Boyle and Jackie Evancho.

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  61. James1

    Fans might start calling her “Nicki Stiff Minaj” If this is the beginning of more of the same, I believe her career depends on her loosing up, which I think she will, and sales will go “thru the roof” and just may beat out projected winner for record sales over Susan Boyle and Jackie Evancho. Cross your fingers eveyone.

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  62. Rick

    This performance made me laugh. It was so bad. I think she could hace done with the song, Will i am and those stupid facial expressions she kept making. Thank god they had her as a PRE proformer and not with the real artist.

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