So this is what happened: Ariana Grande kicked off the VMAs telecast with her new single “Break Free” before the performance of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.”
Moments later, Jessie J appeared on stage to kick off the trio’s hit “Bang Bang.”
Ariana emerged in a new ensemble, spinning around the stage in a corset-like one piece, but Nicki didn’t appear quite as put together. She appeared on stage in a slinky black cut-out dress, clutching her chest for dear life. She delivered her rhymes like a pro, while holding her ensemble together with just one hand.