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Nicki Minaj stuns on the VMA red carpet

She killed it.


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on Aug 28, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 3:57 am CDT

Nicki Minaj performed Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards alongside Ariana Grande. First, the pop icon treated fans to a Twitter-seizing walk down the VMA red carpet. 

Walking in with boyfriend and Philly rapper Meek Mill, her blue dress was an instant social hit.

Grande and Minaj performed “Side to Side,” from the former’s Dangerous Woman album, released in May.

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Elsewhere, Diddy opened the ceremony by presenting the Moonman for best hip-hop video to Drake for his iconic “Hotline Bling.” He bested Desiigner, Bryson Tiller, Chance the Rapper, and 2 Chainz.

“Drake is stuck in traffic,” Diddy joked. “Drake: Come get this.” 

The two rappers feuded publicly in 2014, though TMZ reports this week that two have since made peace.

You can stream the VMAs Sunday night over at

Update 12:10am CT, Aug. 29: Following the VMAs, the full version of Grande’s video for “Side To Side” landed on Vevo. Watch it below:

H/T Los Angeles Times

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*First Published: Aug 28, 2016, 10:34 pm CDT