Nicki Minaj's Backup Dancer Gets Bitten By Boa Constrictor Snake During VMAs Rehearsal

Celebrity News Aug. 23, 2014 AT 12:10PM
Nicki Minaj One of Nicki Minaj's backup dancer's got bit by a snake during a rehearsal for her "Anaconda" number at the MTV Video Music Awards on Friday, Aug. 22 Credit: Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage

Super Bass? More like super snake! Nicki Minaj's MTV Video Music Awards performance this weekend is probably going to be just as memorable as the rehearsal leading up to it. According to TMZ, one of the rapper's backup dancer's was bitten by a boa constrictor during a run-through of her "Anaconda" routine on Friday, Aug. 22.

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The female dancer was immediately taken to the hospital where she was treated. The reptile, meanwhile, was removed from the area in a container.

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An insider tells Us Weekly that the snake involved wasn't poisonous and that taking the dancer to the hospital was more of a precaution. The source adds that the live snakes on stage are a part of Minaj's jungle theme set. 

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In better news, Minaj's "Anaconda" music video just topped Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" for the most online views in 24 hours. The raunchy, sexual video released earlier this week was watched 19.6 million times in just one day. VMAs 2013 queen Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" earned 12.3 clicks last September. 

"WE BROKE THE RECORD BABY!!!!!" tweeted on Friday. "AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! A new 24 hour RECORD!!!!!!!"

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The MTV VMAs will air live on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. EST from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Minaj is also set to open the show with Ariana Grande and Jessie J with their hit "Bang Bang."

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