The duet makes an excellent case for going to the gym

By Dana Getz
Updated August 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj hit the VMA stage Sunday night for a rousing rendition of “Side to Side,” their reggae-tinged duet from Grande’s third record, Dangerous Woman.

Grance and a slew of backup dancers kicked off the performance by turning the stage into the coolest gym in New York: Grande sang on a stationary bikes, reenacting a spin class, before Minaj appeared with a group of male models lifting weights in spandex.

“Side to Side” marks the stars’ third collaboration since 2014, following Jessie J team-up “Bang Bang” and provocative power ballad “Get On Your Knees,” from Minaj’s third LP, The Pinkprint. Though Minaj hasn’t released a record since 2014, Grande’s Dangerous Woman entries scored her five nominations at this year’s ceremony: Best Collaboration for the Lil Wayne-featuring “Let Me Love You,” as we all as Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing for “Into You.”

Minaj won Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda” at the 2015 awards, and previously nabbed honors for “Starships” and “Super Bass.” Grande won Best Pop Video for “Problem” in 2014.

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