Nicki Minaj Is Too Hot to Handle During 2018 People's Choice Awards Performance

By McKenna Aiello Nov 12, 2018 2:05 AMTags
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Things Nicki Minaj just did? That

The hip-hop superstar opened the 2018 People's Choice Awards in a major way, enlisting the help of fellow rapper Tyga for a surprise first performance of their smash hit collaboration, "Dip." 

Nicki made one helluva grand entrance in a black leather mini skirt, fishnets, combat boots and a hot pink hairstyle, hopping onto the stage by way of the PCAs red carpet inside Santa Monica, Calif.'s prestigious Barker Hangar. Following an electrifying live performance featuring songs off her platinum album Queen like "Good Form," the "Barbie Dreams" emcee received an epic standing ovation from celebrity guests including Jimmy FallonBlake SheltonGwen Stefani and more. 

Sunday's ceremony is already shaping up to be one unforgettable night for Minaj, who is a finalist in two categories. She's nominated for Female Artist of 2018 alongside Taylor SwiftCamila CabelloAriana GrandeCamila Cabello and Cardi B, as well as Album of 2018. In the latter category, Minaj faces off against Camila Cabello (Camila), Shawn Mendes (Shawn Mendes), Cardi B (Invasion of Privacy) and Ariana Grande (Sweetener). 

2018 People's Choice Awards: Red Carpet Fashion
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And it goes without saying, but E!'s People's Choice Awards is only getting started!

Pop culture fanatics can look forward to more live performances from Rita Ora and John Legend, who is poised to present Bryan Stevenson with the People's Champion Award

The star power grows even brighter thanks to Victoria Beckham and Melissa McCarthy, who will both receive top honorsChrissy TeigenWill FerrellBusy Tonight host Busy PhilippsShay MitchellLeighton Meester and Terry Crews also make up a small handful of PCAs presenters set to take the stage throughout tonight's highly-anticipated gathering. 

Watch: E! People's Choice Awards 2018: By the Numbers

Check out the complete list of winners—updating in real time—right here