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Ariana Grande raps Nicki Minaj's verse of 'Bang Bang,' isn't half bad

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Nicki Minaj wasn’t at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards Sunday night to help Ariana Grande out in her performance of “Bang Bang,” so Grande took matters into her own hands and capably rapped Minaj’s verse herself.

Grande, Minaj, and Jessie J released “Bang Bang” in July, and the track soon became one of the most popular of the summer, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. A music video featuring the three dancing in various locales debuted in August, and the trio opened this year’s MTV Video Music Awards with a performance of the song.

Grande performed the song solo at the Teen Awards and kept going over the recording of Minaj rapping. She kept up just fine with Minaj’s lightning-fast delivery and immediately went back to belting after the verse ended. Ariana Grande: future rap star?