Nicki Minaj has given several memorable performances at the MTV Video Music Awards, but her performance at the 2018 MTV VMAs—held Aug. 20 at New York's Radio City Music Hall—might be remembered as one of her best performances on any stage. Not only was it the first VMA performance at the Oculus (a train station/shopping center that opened in 2016 near the World Trade Center), but the video of the performance No. 1 on YouTube's Trending list the next day. The video had racked up more 1.3 million views in less than 24 hours.
As previously reported, Minaj had an Egyptian-themed set and costumes for her medley of hits, which included "Majesty," Barbie Dreams," "Ganja Burns" and "Fefe."
Minaj has been making news for speculating over why her Queen album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, behind Travis Scott's Astroworld. Minaj's has been tweeting messages saying that Scott got unfair preference in chart tabulations, and her tweets partially blame Spotify and even Scott's girlfriend Kylie Jenner for implying that fans could see their daughter Stormi on Scott's tour. However, during the VMAs, Minaj was gracious in thanking her supporters when her "Chun-Li" video won the prize for Best Hip-Hop. During her acceptance speech, Minaj's feisty side came out when she scolded presenter Tiffany Haddish for making a joke about the rumored bad blood caused when Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony in 2016.
"Camila Cabello is nominated for five VMAs tonight. Five of ‘em! I’m super proud of her. So, those of you watching at home: 'Hi, Fifth Harmony!'” Haddish said in reference to Cabello's former group mates Normani, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke. When Minaj went on stage to accept the award, she said to Haddish, "Tiff, don’t be coming for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that b***h. I’m just saying!”
On Aug. 21, People.com reports that during an episode of Minaj’s Queen Radio show on Apple Music Beats 1, Minaj further commented, “Last night at the VMAs, I said Normani is that b***h. Because she is. And I won’t allow anyone to disrespect a black woman in my f**king face. I’ve had it with this s**t."
After performing at Made in America on Sept. 1 in Philadelphia, Minaj is co-headlining the NickiHndrxx tour with Future, starting in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 21, 2019, and ending in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 28, 2019.
UPDATE: The North American dates of the NickiHndrxx tour (which were scheduled for Sept. 21 to Nov. 24, 2018) have been canceled because Minaj said her stage production is being revamped and she needs more time to rehearse. People who bought tickets for the now-canceled North American tour dates can get refunds. Minaj said she plans to reschedule the North American tour dates to take place sometime in 2019., but due to scheduling issues, Future will not be part of the rescheduled tour.