The VMA’s this year was one for the books. Not only were there stellar performances from J.I.D, Lizzo, Bad Bunny, Blackpink, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few, Nicki Minaj got the proper praise with the 2022 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Before taking home her award, which was presented by her loyal Barbz, the queen of hip-hop performed undeniable classics like “All Things Go,” “Roman’s Revenge,” “Monster,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Chun-Li,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Super Bass,” and “Anaconda.” Similarly, she shed light on her successful and riveting Rick James-inspired record “Super Freaky Girl.”
Of course, the “Super Bass” was both felt and heard that instant. Camera footage caught the crowds in a frenzy and rapping along to her lyrics and Taylor Swift.
During her speech, Minaj shouted out some “key people” who are inspiring in their own right. The list included Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Eminem, to name a few. She thanked them specifically for giving her “huge opportunities” that helped her elevation.
Elsewhere, she spoke about mental health and the deaths of legends like Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
“I wish Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were still here.”
Minaj continues, “I wish that people understood what they meant and what they were going through. I wish people took mental health seriously, even for the people who we think have perfect lives. I wish Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD and Nipsey Hussle were here.”
After shouting out her son, Papa Bear she said