INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
Here's how it went down: Ariana Grande kicked off the VMAs telecast with her new single "Break Free" before the performance segued into Minaj's "Anaconda." Moments later, Jessie J appeared on stage to kick off the trio's hit "Bang Bang."
Ariana emerged in a new ensemble, strutting and spinning around the stage in a corset-like one piece, but Nicki didn’t appear quite as put together.
Minaj appeared on stage in a slinky black cut-out dress, clutching her chest for dear life. She delivered her rhymes like a pro, all while seemingly holding her ensemble together with just one hand.