1. Nicki Minaj performed “Anaconda” at the 2014 VMAs, as part of a medley with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. She did not disappoint:
2. But after her solo “Anaconda” moment, when she re-emerged to do her verse on “Bang Bang,” something was wrong.
3. Was it an unzipped zipper? A rip?
4. Jessie J didn’t seem to care.
5. While Nicki found a way to make her hands expressive…
6. …and looked generally verklempt…
7. …Jessie J seized the opportunity to show off everything her hands were able to do, without the burden of having to hold her dress up.
8. Whatever, Jessie. Nicki’s smize is LIGHT.
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