Nicki Minaj Saved Katy Perry's 2017 VMAs Performance Which Was, Well, A Lot
Katy Perry closed out the 2017 Video Music Awards with a performance of her new single "Swish Swish," but it was Nicki Minaj who got the crowd on their feet. Perry's performance featured a giant basketball and a sexy orange corset, but it was Nicki Minaj who saved Katy Perry's 2017 VMAs performance when she emerged from the basketball to rap her verse on the song. The second Minaj, wearing a skin-tight, latex referee outfit, emerged onto the stage, the crowd, previously sitting down and nodding their heads politely to the track, got up out of their seats.
Look, I think even Katy Perry's most passionate fans can agree that "Swish Swish" is not the pop star's best. The song, which lacks the fun of her older hits like "Hot N Cold" and the emotional resonance of "Firework," is a fun track to be sure, but was it really enough to close out the VMAs? Well, with Minaj's help, it sure was. Not only did the crowd in the arena get on their feet when Minaj started rapping, but fans on Twitter also perked up, with many praising Minaj and the performance. Some fans were generous to both performers. Others, not so much.
Here's the performance:
And here's what Twitter had to say:
Nicki Is The Queen, Sorry Katy
Heads up, everybody is gunna say that "nicki saved Katy's performance" and "that was literally so bad"— ***🍍 (@PerrysPineapple) August 28, 2017
Nicki minaj the queen of rap closed the show because we would of tuned off if she performed any earlier lol @NICKIMINAJ— Scorpiobarb91 (@scorpiobarb91) August 28, 2017
Some Were Brutal To Katy (Yikes, Guys)
Nicki Minaj really just saved Katy's performance #VMAs— JayJay Dailey (@JayJayDailey) August 28, 2017
The best thing about Katy's album is the 60 seconds of nicki Minaj— metal tarantula (@kurotsuchis) August 28, 2017
But Mostly People Were Just Grateful For Nicki
Wow Nicki Minaj is the best thing that ever happend to music. pic.twitter.com/0fHSKHUCzi— . (@remainclassic) August 28, 2017
To be fair to Perry, the singer did pull double duty at the awards show, playing the role of host and performer. By the end of the night, it's possible viewers were just suffering from Katy Perry fatigue. Either way, given the shift in energy once Minaj joined the stage, it's clear that two pop divas are better than one.