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Nicki Minaj Kicks Off Billboard Music Awards With Racy, BDSM-Inspired Spectacle

All hail Her Minajesty! Nicki Minaj opened the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with an electrifying (and nearly NSFW!) 9-minute spectacle at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 21. Check it out in the video above!

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Minaj, 34, who recently made history this past March when she beat Aretha Franklin’s previous record for most Billboard Hot 100 hits by a woman, performed a star-studded set list featuring guest artists David Guetta, Jason Derulo and Lil Wayne.

For the four-song number, the hip-hop superstar showed off her curves in a black BDSM-inspired catsuit and was styled by B. Akerlund. The mini-concert featured some of Minaj’s biggest hits — including her latest single, “Regret In Your Tears” — and plenty of pyrotechnics and fierce choreography.

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On Thursday, May 18, the MC expressed her enthusiasm over opening the ceremony. “Opening the @BBMAs this SUNDAY at 8e|5p on ABC with special guests @liltunechi, @jasonderulo and @davidguetta!” she wrote. “#BBMAs #NickiBBMAs

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Naturally, Minaj’s legions of Barbz took to Twitter to share their amazement at her stunning display of showmanship. “NICKI U KILLED THIS 2NITE OMG YASSSS KWEEN,” one fan wrote, while another shared, “I have never been more shook by an award show performance!!! Yes Nicki! #NickiBBMAs”

Check out some more social media reactions to Minaj’s performance below:

Check out the entire winner’s list for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards here.

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