She stepped out to “Roman’s Revenge” in a black robe atop her Barbie dream house staircase. As soon as the robe dropped, it was clear we wouldn’t be seeing her eye-popping outfits this evening. Minaj focused more on the music than her usual shocking, colorful looks, blazing through hit after hit with effortless swagger.
Her white, beaming smile and poised expression made the famously independent female rapper look like she’s been doing this for years. Whether inflecting her notable quirky personas in flagrant numbers or singing her heart out in pop ballads, Minaj proved there’s a lot more behind the crazy makeup or off-the-wall outfits -- even if that’s exactly what was missing in this performance. Her message of female independence rang out loud and clear to the hundreds of girls in the crowd, and it's this personality that's set her apart from other female rappers of today and proves she isn’t giving it up anytime soon.