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Nicki Minaj Performs Career-Spanning Medley at 2022 MTV VMAs: Watch

Minaj was the recipient of this year's Video Vanguard Award

Nicki Minaj at the VMAs
Nicki Minaj performs at the VMAs, photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

    Nicki Minaj was the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards‘ Video Vanguard Award recipient, and she celebrated the honor by performing a career-spanning medley at the ceremony. Watch a clip of the medley below.

    Marking her first VMAs performance since 2018, Nicki ran through “Moment 4 Life,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Chun-Li,” her iconic “Monster” verse, and more while donning her go-to hot pink. Taylor Swift rapped along in the audience to “Super Bass,” and after “Anaconda,” Minaj debuted her latest single, the Rick James-sampling “Super Freaky Girl.”

    Nicki pulled triple duty at this year’s VMAs: In addition to performing, she co-hosted the show with LL Cool J and Jack Harlow, and she was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which celebrates an artist’s contributions to music videos and popular culture with a special gold Moon Person. MJ, Madonna, Missy Elliott, and other superstars have received the award in years past. In what was probably a life-making moment, a group of devoted Barbz awarded their queen with the Moon Person before she thanked all the artists who helped her get her crown.

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    Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” was nominated for Song of the Summer at this year’s VMAs, while Minaj also won the Best Hip-Hop award at this year’s show for her song “Do We Have a Problem?,” which features Lil Baby. Soon after dropping that song, the duo teamed up again for the single “Bussin.” The rapper will next headline Rolling Loud New York alongside Future and A$AP Rocky; grab tickets to that event here.

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