Nicki Minaj performed hits like “All Things Go”, “Roman’s Revenge”, “Monster” and “Beez In The Trap”.
The annual MTV Music Video Awards always guarantees an impressive lineup of performances for fans, but this year, the artist viewers were most excited to see was none other than the hitmaker of “Super Bass”, Nicki Minajwhich also received the 2022 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Prior to accepting the prestigious award, the Trinidadian rapper gave a rousing performance throughout her career, which included hits such as “All Things Go”, “Roman’s Revenge”, “Monster”, “Beez in the Trap”, “Chun -Li, “Moment 4 Life”, “Super Bass”, “Anaconda” and finally his latest “Super Freaky Girl”.
As PEOPLE notes, the crowd sang happily, standing up to applaud Minaj. Cameras even caught the country/pop star Taylor Swift singing the lyrics to some of the tracks and encouraging others to stand up with her.
As she was accepting her award, the 39-year-old singer gave a moving speech during which she said hello to “key people” she considers to be inspirations, such as Lil Wayne and JAY-Z. Minaj also cited Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyonce, Eminem, Madonna and much more for giving her “great opportunities” that helped her reach the level she is at now.
The “Feelin’ Myself” hitmaker took a moment to focus on mental health and other artists we’ve tragically lost in recent years. “I wish Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were still here,” she said. “I would like people to understand what they meant and what they were going through. I wish people would take mental health seriously, even for people we think have perfect lives. I wish Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD and Nipsey Hussle were here.”
Minaj continued, “RIP Dad, my cousin Richard and my business manager Angela, to whom I’ve never been able to say rest in peace publicly,” before sending a message to her 23-month-old son, well-known Papa Bear.
Past Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award winners include LL Cool J , Jennifer Lopez , Janet Jackson, Madonna and Missy Elliottwith whom the Barbz tried to start a feud earlier this weekend.
Nicki Minaj delivers an iconic performance of her greatest hits as recipient of the prestigious MTV Video Vanguard award at the 2022 #VMAs. https://t.co/GQARFbf2b7
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