Nicki Minaj Brings Out Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake For Thanksgiving Concert
Nicki Minaj celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with a concert in her hometown last night (Nov. 25) and she brought out her famous friends for the festivities.
Rappers Vado and Fabolous opened up the Hot 97-hosted event at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, the latter who brought out G-Unit's Lloyd Banks and Dipset's Juelz Santana for the chart hit "Beamer Benz or Bentley."
Video: Nicki Minaj's Thanksgiving Show
But it was Minaj's set that had the crowded venue the most excited, as she opened up with her latest hit, "Roman's Revenge." Accompanied by her hypeman and DJ, Minaj, sporting a black-and-beige sparkly one-piece and a blonde-with-pink-tips wig, animatedly jumped around as she rapped along. That's when the first guest of the night, Busta Rhymes, hit the stage for the remix.
Video: Nicki Minaj and friends perform at the Hammerstein in New York City for Thanksgiving
Minaj then went in a medley of her most famous guest verses, including "Bottom's Up," sans Trey Songz, the Young Money single "Roger That," Ludacris' "My Chick Bad," Sean Kingston's "Dutty Love" and Gyptian's "Hold Y'uh."
"Where my bad b*tches at?" Minaj asked before bringing out her next guest. "I think it's around that time we bring out my homegirl," she said as Keyshia Cole, clad in black leather shorts and a furry cropped top, entered the stage. The two performed their current duet, "I Ain't Thru."
With the help of two background singers, a drummer and two pianists, Minaj then brought things down a bit with "Right Thru Me." "I can't believe I'm standing here on Thanksgiving. This is a dream come true," Minaj told the the audience. "Thank you so much for being here tonight... I hope I inspire you."
Minaj then brought up her next guest, Rihanna, for their collaborative effort, "Fly." The two held hands through the end of the track, and, in true Rihanna form, she slapped Minaj's backside as she walked off the stage.
"Save Me" came next followed by "Moment 4 Life," for which a hooded-coat-wearing Drake jumped on stage. Further fueling the "dating" rumors, Drake and Minaj brought their bodies close and kissed at the end of the song. "I still got my lipstick on," Minaj said in an effort to kill any future gossip. "I know you New York -- don't be starting something."
Minaj performed "Sh*tted On 'Em" and "Blazin" afterwards, at which point she vaguely addressed her beef with Lil Kim. "Imma need everybody in here to put two fingers up. If you got bitches hating on you unnecessarily, put two fingers up," she asked her obedient fans. And before bringing out her final guest, she thanked her fans, saying, "Before I do this one thing... Today is Thanksgiving and we have so much to be thankful for. I'm not gonna go crazy, but, I do thank God for you guys."
Saving her biggest surprise for last, Minaj broke into "Monster," as Kanye West ran on to the stage, sending the concertgoers into a frenzy. "See what I do for you, New York?" she asked the hyped room. "Only for my hometown."
Minaj closed the show by autographing tee-shirts and throwing them out to the crowd. She then took to her Twitter to further thank her fans and celebrity guests. "Best nite of my life! Thank u busta, keyshia, rihanna, drake, kanye, hot 97, New York & New Jersey!!!! Mmmuuuuaaaahhhh!!!!!!!" she posted.