I know the Emmys were last night, and you want to talk about all the shows you expected to win doing just that, but first we need to back up a day and talk about the VMAs again. Remember that moment in the opening number when Nicki Minaj came out after a wardrobe change holding her dress closed as if she hadn’t had time to close the zipper? Turns out she might have planned the whole thing. Nothing like a good conspiracy theory first thing in the morning.
TMZ reports that Nicki apparently did the same thing during performance rehearsals. According to witnesses, Nicki walked onstage Sunday morning wearing the same dress, also unzipped. She was also apparently wrapping her arms around herself in a “weird” way, “trying to manipulate it to see how much would be exposed.” There was even apparently a makeshift dressing room set up right off stage so she could change in time. Or I guess maybe so she could get her purposely open dress in the right position.
Nicki herself claimed it was an accident after the show, yelling to reporters, “You all know I had a wardrobe malfunction,” and then adding, “We ran out of time getting the dress zipped up.” She also posted about it on Instagram, writing, “God is good. As long as a nipple didn’t come out to play, I’m fine.” Hmm, shoulda known. The lady doth protest too much.
And here we were praising how she handled the situation like a professional. But after this report, I can’t believe I didn’t see it before. Nicki didn’t say the zipper got stuck or was difficult to close, just that they ran out of time. If she really was right off stage, that’s kinda fishy. There’s also the fact that Nicki had a hands-free microphone while Jessie J and Ariana Grande held theirs. Sure, she had a lot of dancing to do during her first performance of “Anaconda,” but it also turned out to be pretty useful when she needed both her hands to hold her dress closed. I’m onto you, Nicki.