After many statement appearances by the Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards over the years, the singer's absence at the June 26 ceremony was unexpected, to say the least. Minaj was nominated tonight for two awards: Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Best Collaboration, for she and Beyoncé's hit song "Feeling Myself;" and after winning the Best Female Hip-Hop artist award every year in a row since 2010, it seemed likely that the star would be present for this year's festivities.
It's no question that Minaj knows how to work the red carpet. The performer's eye-catching and stylized fashion sensibilities are no secret, and her form-fitting, black lace gown with golden zipper detailing, along with sleek, long hair and a sophisticated, smoky eye, was a glamorous choice at the 2015 BET Awards, where Minaj warmed hearts when she brought her mom on stage with her to accept her award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
Since Minaj is, for many people, such an integral part of the BET Awards at this point, many viewers have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations that their favorite artist is a no-show. I have to admit, I wish we'd all gotten another chance to enjoy Minaj's dramatic signature style, but I guess we'll have to wait until next season.
Come back, Nicki! It's just not the same without you.