Nicki Minaj simply earned a “monster” award of a lifetime on the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night time, skyrocketing her to the long-lasting ranks of heavy hitters like Madonna, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Missy Elliott and The Beatles.
The rapper — who has racked up 17 VMA nominations in her profession and received 5 occasions — was topped with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on the Prudential Heart in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday night time.
The gold-plated award is “presented to artists for their outstanding contributions and profound impact on music video and popular culture,” per MTV.
She stormed the set with massive Barbie power, adorned in all pink from head to toe.
From sultry BDSM-inspired units to dazzling holograms of pink panthers, the rapper’s efficiency was visually gorgeous as she took the VMAs stage for the primary time since 2018.
The iconically animated rapper took the roaring crowd down reminiscence lane to revisit a few of her greatest hits, together with “Roman’s Revenge,” “Super Bass” and “Moment 4 Life.”
Minaj capped off the efficiency with “Super Freaky Girl,” her newest hit. The powerhouse music, which was launched on Aug. 12, turned the primary solo feminine rap observe to debut atop the chart since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” again in 1998.
Minaj was additionally nominated within the Finest Hip Hop class for her single “Do We Have a Problem?,” that includes rapper Lil Child.
The catchy observe debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Sizzling R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, marking Minaj’s ninth chart-topper. A
lengthy with LL Cool J and Jack Harlow, Minaj hosted the ceremony, introducing acts and presenting the well-known Moonperson trophies alongside performers together with Lizzo, Anitta, BLACKPINK, J Balvin and Panic! on the Disco.
In July, Minaj revealed a sneak peek of “Super Freaky Girl” on Twitter.
“He want a F R EEEEEE A K #FreakyGirl #NickiFreakyGirl,” she captioned the Twitter submit, alongside flirty tongue emojis.
Try the complete record of 2022 VMA winners right here.