Nicki Minaj VMAs performance: She proves she’s still ‘Queen’ despite Billboard charts controversy [WATCH]

Nicki Minaj always makes a strong impression, and the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards were no exception. She won her only nomination, Best Hip-Hop Video for “Chun-Li,” which was the first award presented during the telecast. During her acceptance speech she defended Fifth Harmony against a joke presenter Tiffany Haddish had made about the tension between the former band-mates, telling the comedian, “Don’t be coming for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that bitch!”

Minaj came back later in the telecast to perform a medley of “Majesty,” “Barbie Dreams,” “Ganja Burn” and “Fefe.” She may have had a lot to prove since she was performing the same night as fellow rapper Travis Scott, whose album “Astroworld” spent a second week at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, barely edging out Minaj’s new release, “Queen.”

The day before the VMAs Minaj took to Twitter to argue against how Billboard calculated their relative sales figures and how Spotify disadvantaged her by under-promoting her (read her tweets below). When Scott then gave his own performance at the VMAs he started by proclaiming “Astroworld” as the number-one album in the country, which seemed to be a response to Minaj’s claims.

It wouldn’t be the VMAs without some controversy between artists. Minaj herself has had public, VMA-centered conflicts with Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus in recent years. What do you think about this latest musical row? Was Minaj right to blast Billboard and Spotify? And were her VMA victory and performance her strongest rebuttal of all? Check out the complete list of VMA winners here, and discuss the awards here in our forums.

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