9 Times Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Had Each Other's Backs

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
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Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 19, 2014 in Las Vegas.

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj just teased their newest collaborative track, “The Light Is Coming,” ahead of Grande’s forthcoming album Sweetener. The song marks a fourth joint track between the two superstars, following 2014’s "Bang Bang" (also with Jessie J) and “Get On Your Knees” and 2016’s “Side to Side.”

“Light” is poised to be another exciting step in Grande and Minaj’s personal and creative friendship, and the tunes punctuate some sweet moments in which Grande and Minaj have had each other's backs.

Here are seven times Grande and Minaj spoke or stepped out in sisterly support of each other.

After the Manchester bombing, Minaj called Grande “my sister. I love her and I love the people of the UK. I’m devastated by the news. It’s heartbreaking.”

When Grande’s Instagram account got hacked and sent threatening messages, Minaj knew something had to be wrong, posting a “thinking face” emoji.


y'all when i got hacked this am

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As a victory lap for their “Side to Side” collaboration, the two posted this sweet pic together.


Side to Side is now 3x platinum ------!!!!!!-- Thank you so much ----------

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And they brought a playfully ribald beach party to the American Music Awards in 2016.

At the Met Gala with Madonna, they showed off their unique styles as having a cross-generational appeal.

Nicki showed off a Chanel choker that her "little sissy" Grande got her.

This tweet from Ariana about the "best morning of her life" involving Nicki. 

Grande defended Minaj on this Instagram post when online haters and trolls started criticizing Minaj for her body.


Bang Bang ---------- #NBA #ALLSTARS #ARI

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And this just sums it up.