VMAs 2016: Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj perform 'Side to Side'
The duet makes an excellent case for going to the gym
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.”