VMAs 2016: Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj perform 'Side to Side'
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.”