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Nicki Minaj, 2012 NBA All-Star Game: Rapper Performs, Flips Wigs

ROBYN BECK, AFP

That’s two major sporting events Nicki Minaj can cross off her bucket list. Last night (Feb. 26), the increasingly Gaga-esque Super Bowl vet brought her Day-Glo stage show to the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., where she kicked off the NBA All-Star Game by helping to introduce the Eastern and Western Conference lineups.

Dressed in a futuristic white jumpsuit, the singer-rapper did four tunes, starting with ‘Moment 4 Life’ and ‘Turn Me On,’ both of which prefaced the West’s intros. Her performance lacked the wacky storyline and special effects of her ‘Exorcist’-style Grammy spectacle, but it was a far cry from the pre-fame street-corner freestyle that hit the Internet last week.

After the audience had met the West, the Queens MC dropped her latest single, ‘Starships,’ and the breakthrough smash ‘Super Bass.’ Along the way, she changed hair color from purple to green and pink and danced with short-shorted cheerleaders and shirtless dudes in shiny pants.

The performances seemed about equal, but the first must have been more inspiring, as the West topped the East 152-149.

Watch Nicki Minaj Perform at the NBA All-Star Game


See Photos of Nicki Minaj’s Grammy Performance

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