This weekend, Nicki Minaj made her third appearance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live as the show celebrated it’s 43rd season finale and the return of actress and writer Tina Fey.
She may have had to give up her performance at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night to do it (her rehearsal slot for the awards show and the taping of SNL conflicted with each other,) but as she had previously promised her fans it would, her performance made the tough decision “very worth it.”
Initially, Nicki had said she would perform 2 songs off her upcoming album – one we had never heard before, and the other, well, the obvious choice. She later opted out of the new music choice (while keeping “Chun Li”) and instead brought out Playboi Carti to tag team his song “Poke It Out” from his latest album, Die Lit. She also jumped in on one of the sketches earlier in the show to spit bars in defense of her female friends (played by Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Tina Fey.)
Check out full performances of both the songs and the sketch below!