Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj Perform ‘Girl on Fire’ at MTV VMAs

Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj

Alicia Keys set the stage ablaze during her performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday. Following an introduction from the “Fierce Five” gymnasts, the R&B songbird performed her new single “Girl on Fire” live for the first time at L.A.’s Staples Center.

Not-so-surprise guest Nicki Minaj joined her along with Gabby Douglas, who showed off some of the moves that scored her a gold medal at the London Olympics. Alicia’s husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt proudly watched from the audience.

Prior to hitting the stage, Nicki picked up the award for Best Female Video for “Starships.” “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!” said the Young Money diva as she accepted the honor.

Check out the ladies’ scorching set below.

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44 Comments

  1. Kwayzee

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS AND GABBY CAME OUT OMGGGG WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE !!!!!

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    white hos love BBC Reply:

    @Kwayzee, is anybody wonderin when nick is goin to try lookin normal for once

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    Tamar Reply:

    @white hos love BBC, nicki likes to dress like that. that IS her normal. shit, your normal could be dressing at tacky ass Rainbows and Dots, but she aint gonna wear that shit

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    101 Reply:

    @Kwayzee, I 100% TEAMLILKIM but Nicki killed this performance. People that say Nicki is whack need to stfu… She has some really amazing verses on some songs… (still hate Starships though)

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  2. RDK

    That was wonderful and congratz again Nicki,on winning best female video.

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  3. Starr

    yes to Gabby everyone else ehhh

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  4. Christine

    LOVED the performance. Alicia Keys is finally back.

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  5. nicko

    AWESOME !! Congrats Nicki ! #TeamMinaj

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  6. And What?

    Say what you want about Nicki, she is definitely WINNING! But I wish she would tone down her look a little, because she isn’t ulgy at all (but those WIGGZ need to have a seat)!

    Loved the performance that Alicia gave, & with the combination of Nicki & Gabby it added spark. Being a fan of both Nicki and Alicia I was pleased. Now all we need Nicki too do is to keep giving us those kind of bars when she spits!

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @And What?, You need to come have a seat on my d**k.

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  7. Morgan

    YASSSSSSS Gabby!

    Oh, but where are the haters popping off earlier saying just how bad this performance was going to be?

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  8. Crucial

    Gabby gave life to that performance. No shade but that song is NOT it.

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  9. Slay

    Yassss

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  10. Letta

    Nice job ladies!! Gabby made it two times better!!! I love Alicia Keys

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  11. Miss NuNew

    I love tha show and both of my B**ches was on stage together i LOVED it i hope i see thm again on stage again an again!!!!!

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  12. koko

    Loved it!!!!! Wished they did the whole song but that was great either way. Come on 11-27…

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  13. sadi

    DEVIL SIGN . THE HORNS

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  14. DeeJay

    Her body is sick, after one baby. Congrats on everything. Can’t wait for Storytellers, and the album.

    HATERS, ITS TIME TO HATE!!

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  15. NOLA Navy

    Alicia sounds a damn mess!!! Nicki and Gabby were great though

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  16. Michelle

    Loved this entire performance. Alicia really had an influence on Nikki with this song, she has brought her back to her roots. I love it. Alicia was gorgeous her body is on fire.

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  17. Lisa

    I love the Alicia Keys Haters, a bunch of kids thats accustomed to trash music. Alicia is on a whole other level, she doesn’t need to p*ssy pop or shake her a** to sell her music, she sells it on quality and it is timeless unlike some of the mess that you all are praising now, you can put on an Alicia Keys track anytime and anyplace and it is relevant and will be relevant for decades to come, some of these people that you all worship will be forgotten in 3 or 4 years. Sad!!

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    Barbie Bitch Reply:

    @Lisa, yeah like beyonce

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Barbie Bitch, It’s been 15 years . Quit .

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    Sonya Reply:

    @Lisa, I agree, Alicia is at the top of her game at a time when many artists today could care less what they put out there for our young people to hear, just as long as they can make a hit. It’s very inspiring to see a performer do what they love to do so much and not be taken in or influenced by others negative ways of achieving that hit. I hope Alicia always does Alicia, like she always has. I appreciate her not being that cookie cutter performer who follows the trend of what other artists do.

    @Yo, Alicia did not sound horrible, she sounded amazing. Think you could do better? Other artists that I won’t mention sounded much much worse. Also I’d like to see you move accross that stage any better. Alicia was beautiful and moved just fine. I think everyone with heels was being a little careful not to fall. BTW, Alicia is a beautiful WOMAN and I’m so sick of people saying how masculine a woman looks just because she’s not long and lanky. Alicia is fit and she looks great. Sounds like you enjoy nitpicking, finding all the wrongs in others but I wonder what you’re wrongs are.

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Sonya, This Chick Said Like Beyonce -_- Beyonce Been Out Since Before Alicia Keys So All That Needs To Sit.

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    Sonya Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, I said nothng about Beyonce.

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  18. BrunoBruno

    if you think that song is good then you are a damn liar

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  19. Yo

    This performance was horrible. It definitely was not it. Alicia Keys sounded terrible and she moved very awkwardly, especially when she was trying to caress her body. The way she stomped across that stage was so….masculine. She looks so masculine in the face now. I started calling her Alek Keys. The only good thing about this performance was the Nicki verse and Gabby. She could’ve just let the instrumental play and let Gabby flip and twirl all around stage because those losing vocals

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  20. dfuture

    love alicia but this song is gonna flop hard…very forgettable tbh

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    Roman Reply:

    @dfuture,

    #11 on Itunes.

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Roman, #8 On Itunes

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  21. Peaches

    Gabby was Alicia’s surprise guest, not Nicki’s. Just like Lauryn Hill had to clarify that she was a surprise guest for Nas, not Nicki. Why Nicki be trying to steal everybody “surprise guests” for herself?

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    anonymous Reply:

    @Peaches, please shut the hell up and stop hating. Nicki never even said she was Alicia keys’ surprise guest. it’s the radio station that said it. The only thing Nicki said was a good friend of hers told her to perform with her and she agreed to it. y’all always look for every opportunity to bash Nicki, why the hell did you even come here to watch the video? Grand ma you have been a fan. Nicki is good, worry about yourself

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  22. @taimiicel

    Loved it #no my fave song from Alicia but with the help of nicki and gabby was a great performance

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  23. Tbozfan10

    Alicia sounded Terrible. Sorry but I Dnt know what some of y’all heard.

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    killacam Reply:

    @Tbozfan10, WORD! It’s the first time I see a performance by Alicia Keys that I didn’t like. Her voice was so strained, and overall she was awful.

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  24. Jay

    Awesome performance!!! Alicia and Nicki killed it!!! Cool surprise having Gabby come out like that! :)

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  25. #TeamMinaj

    If Bey would have made this song ppl would be all over it! No shade to Bey, but this is a vey nice song with a beautiful meaning. Run the World was horrible (I liked it) but when comparing meaning and the song as a whole this is way better to me.

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @#TeamMinaj, How so? The lyrics of “Run the World” in my opinion took more thought to write in my opinion than “girl on fire” which is quite basic. I know Beyonce DID NOT write that song but that’s not really the point.

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  26. Kyle

    I still think the song is weak. It seriously sounds like a song that would have been on “The Element of Freedom” or even a bonus track on “As I Am.” I was expecting something so much more. It’s nice how she brought Gabby out for the performance though. I understand the positive message of the song and I give props to Alicia for keeping it classy. I’ll always love her!

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  27. Diego

    Alicia sounded horrible

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  28. gramgram

    Nicki and Gabby really saved Alicia’s performance! On some real shit

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  29. B to the C down to the Man Orange

    Gabby Did Great & nice of alicia, Nicki M

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  30. Lali

    una canciiOn excnteelee bonita alicia y tiene una vOz espectacular y ja-z no se keda atras puro talento buen video buena cancion q mas pedir?? no me canso de escucharla

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