Exorcism at the Grammys: Bizarre Nicki Minaj Performance

When Nicki Minaj walked the red carpet at the 2012 Grammys, it was clear that hers would be a performance to remember.  Dressed in a nun’s habit designed by Versace and accompanied by the Pope, Minaj created buzz before the show even began.  But she wasn’t done.

Just before she took the stage,  it was announced that her performance would be one that everyone would be talking about.  Clearly the controversy that was to follow the act was anticipated by Grammy producers.  And if shock value is what they hoped Minaj would deliver, I’m sure they weren’t disappointed.

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Nicki Minaj in an apparently failed "Exorcism of Roman"

I don’t even know what to say about the performance.  I watched in awe as a pretty evil looking scene unfolded on the Grammy stage.  Watch the entire performance below, and let me know your thoughts.  Was this merely a piece of spooky performance art, or was it once again an homage to the darker side of the entertainment industry?  Leave your comments below.