Nicki Minaj’s 7 Wildest VMAs Looks That Went Viral

Nicki Minaj made her debut at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, one thing is for sure: There’s simply nobody doing it quite like her.

Seldom one for subtlety, the rap star’s style is anything but understated. She’s all about loud colors, even louder prints, and eye-catching embellishments. At the 2022 VMAs, she donned two different hot pink ensembles: a floor-dusting gown, and also a mini skirt.

Minaj, who served as co-host this year and performed a medley of hits, has been serving for years — see her 2017 VMAs ’fit — way before Valentino’s fall ’22 collection and stills from Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie movie leaked.

The 39-year-old has consistently rocked the color, and has even referred to herself by the doll’s name.

Even when she goes for a more muted palette, like black or navy, you can invariably count on her look to be equipped with strategic cut-outs and/or covered in sequins or glitter.

Below, reminisce on Minaj’s best VMAs outfits through the years, from red-carpet rhinestones to on-stage umpiring.

Full-On Barbie, 2022

At the 2022 MTV VMAs, Nicki Minaj's outfit was a hot pink satin dolce & gabbana gown.

When Minaj hit the stage to receive Best Hip-Hop Artist at the 2022 awards, she went full-on Barbie in a dramatic hot pink satin Dolce & Gabbana gown, featuring an embellished bodice. and accessorized with matching hair, nails, shoes, and plenty of bling, naturally.

Sweet In Watermelon Pink, 2022

One of Nicki Minaj's outfits at the 2022 VMAs was a Barbiecore-esque miniskirt.

The same evening, she dazzled in another pink look during She paired a holographic diamond cut-out top with a flouncy pink ombre mini skirt, adorned with pearls. She completed the ensemble with a baby pink latex bow and pink-laced black combat boots.

A Sheer Swimsuit Gown, 2018

At the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj was styled in a sheer, see-through gown.

She chose a neutral-toned number with a sheer tulle skirt for the 2018 VMAs. The Off-White creation, which she styled with clear PVC sandals, looked like something of a hybrid swimsuit gown. It’s the knee-length pigtails for me, though.

Bubblegum Latex, 2017

Nicki Minaj's outfit at the 017 MTV Video Music Awards was a latex bodysuit.

Who could possibly forget her bubblegum pink latex jumpsuit back in 2017? An assortment of shiny jewelry and tricolor platform booties featuring a cut-out vamp design pulled the look together.

An Uber-Chic Umpire, 2017

At the 2017 VMAs, Nicki Minaj dressed like a chic referee.

Later that night, the rapper performed in a glossy referee-inspired ’fit, designed with a bold plunging front, a pleated micro mini skirt, and thigh-high boots. Love the whistle as an added touch, personally.

Regal In Royal Blue, 2016

Nicki Minaj's outfit at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards was a blue gown.

In 2016, she opted for a semi-sheer navy blue gown with sultry cut-out detailing. Please note her clutching the backdrop as she poses. She, and this dress, are everything.

Going For Gold, 2015

Nicki Minaj arrived at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards wearing a gold dress.
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