Sunday night on ABC, the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards aired live from Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards were hosted by Vanessa Hudgens—yes, your High School Musical crush, and the Fast and Furious legend, Ludacris. With a number of shockers scheduled to entertain viewers throughout the night, Miss Harajuku Barbie herself (Nicki Minaj) was the first to treat spectators as she was the opening performer. This was not the first time that Miss Minaj satisfied fans during the month. After a successful week of paying off students’ loans and tuition, she capped it off with a very, noteworthy performance at the Billboards.
Nominated for the Billboard Chart Achievement Award presented by Xfinity, Nicki took the T-Mobile Arena by storm with a performance like never before. Her daring outfits and moves were admired by many, and she kept the entertainment rolling throughout her nine-minute routine. She was accompanied on the stage by Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Lil Wayne. The performance was equipped with innovative choreography and a plethora of throwback songs as well as new hits. The songs included “Starships,” “Moment for Life,” “Swalla” and many more. Derulo took the stage by storm as he performed his verse on the hit, “Swalla.” The crowd was moved, but the Queen quickly took back the spotlight to complete her moving piece— “Regret in Your Tears.” Dressed in all black, Nicki sang her heart out as fans even felt the emotion behind the star’s voice. Admirers took to Twitter, and applauded Miss Minaj on her excellent performance. Many fans even claimed that the routine was better than the actual video. Minaj, with pure confidence and style, even had a special treat for her real fans.
As many of us know, Nicki Minaj has a wide fan base. Anyone who comes for Onika has to deal with her many “Barbz.” Detailing this year’s earlier events of diss-tracks and beef within the female, rap community, Nicki Minaj also decided to perform “No Frauds,” her song which disses Remy Ma, alongside Lil Wayne. Drake, with a total of thirteen nominations for the star-studded night, did not perform with the duo although he is featured on the song. He was a very lively onlooker, though, as he mouthed every word and danced to every beat.
As for Queen Nicki, her performance was so iconic that she was the hot topic on every social media outlet immediately after she was finished. On Tumblr, viewers posted gifs, photos and memes which correlated with the star’s superb flair. On Twitter, users created the tagline #MinajMedley to keep up-to-date with every second of Miss Barbie’s performance. Tweeters could not wait to upload their favorite gifs to represent their emotions towards the performance. Even the Twitter account of the Billboard Music Awards tweeted their own gif that represented their reaction from Nicki’s dance moves.
Barbz around the world were intrigued and enlightened by the star’s opening performance, and it is sure to be the talk of the town for a few weeks. Maybe the celebrity’s talk of starting a charity for students to help pay for their student loans will be the next hot topic. For a celebrity with such a big heart, it was a pleasure seeing the star’s hard work matriculate to her performance on one of the biggest stages of the year for singers/songwriters. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards was another successful occurrence for the star’s fans to add to their favorites moments of the Queen. Of course, without her Barbz, Nicki would not be as passionate about her job as she is.