Nicki Minaj Plays Truncated But Killer Hot 100 Festival Set
After a 30-minute delay, Nicki Minaj finally took the stage at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival to perform a truncated set.
Originally slated to do a 70-minute set, the contemporary queen of rap had to manicure it down, kicking off the performance with "Feelin' Myself" flanked by four backup dancers. She closely followed her mentor Lil Wayne's show on the same stage the night prior, spitting her verse from "Only" at almost the exact same moment.
But like her delay, she hit a snag almost immediately, stopping at the top of "Truffle Butter." "Can you hear me?" she mouthed into her non-functional mic. She exited the stage for a minute, only to return to spit her verse from the track.
The rest wasn't nearly a gaffe, and her set played like a greatest hits -- and one of the best shows of the festival. Nicki ran through "Moment 4 Life," "Beez in da Trap," "Flawless" remix and Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)."
"It feels good to be home!" exclaimed Nicki, ripping through "Anaconda" before exiting the stage to change into a glittery bra and skirt. After "Super Bass," she closed with an EDM-leaning run of David Guetta's "Hey Mama" and "Pound the Alarm."
"I wanna say you guys are f--king amazing," said Nicki before she left the stage. "I wanna thank you from the bottom of my heart for loving and supporting me." It was brief, and even with technical problems, Nicki killed it.