Nicki Minaj is set to release a new album and has made a comeback to the VMA stage. After taking a year off from her hosting duties, during which she was recognized as a Video Vanguard, Minaj performed her new single, “Last Time I Saw You.” The song is more intimate than her previous hits, and her performance reflected this with a stripped-down approach. She began the performance in a flowing gown, which she gradually removed as she continued.

As the song concluded, Minaj surprised the audience with a new song from her upcoming album, “Pink Friday 2.” The song, which features assertive lyrics that demand recognition for her trendsetting status, showcases Minaj’s battle rapping skills.

In addition to her performance, Minaj is also nominated for several awards at the event, including Video Of The Year and Hip-Hop Video Of The Year for “Super Freaky Girl,” R&B Video Of The Year for “Love In The Way” with Yung Bleu, Artist Of The Year, and Song Of The Summer.