Nicki Minaj to Open MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards

Nicki Minaj will open the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, MTV has announced.

The female MC will join previously announced performers Justin Bieber and The Weeknd at the ceremony. Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots will also hit the VMA stage.

Minaj provided a prelude to the announcement via Instagram post. She shared a photo of a sonogram featuring a Moonman statue in place of a gestating baby. The singer’s post both teased the news of her performance and nodded to the rumors that she and boyfriend Meek Mill were expecting a baby.

The VMA lineup continues to boost its star power as the event draws nearer. Miley Cyrus will host the proceedings, and Kanye West will be receiving the ceremony’s highest honor, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Minaj’s association with this year’s edition of the awards show already made headlines earlier this summer, when the rapper tweeted her frustration that her music video “Anaconda” had not been nominated for Video of the Year, the top category at the show.

Her comments evoked responses from a host of celebrities and musicians, most notably Taylor Swift, who responded as though Minaj had called her out. The two pop divas have since settled their beef.

The VMAs will air live from Los Angeles on Aug. 30.

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