It's only been a few days since "American Idol" ended, and Nicki Minaj is already back on TV -- and causing controversy to boot. But this time instead of trading snarky barbs with Mariah Carey on the "Idol" judging panel, the rapper was shaking her booty -- big time -- in a raunchy performance of her new song, "High School."
The rapper got down and dirty for her performance of the song at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, bringing in pal Lil Wayne for a seductive lap dance at the end of the song.
Weezy's reaction to the twerk-fest, which gave viewers a close-up view of Nicki's ample derriere? "I'm the luckiest guy in the world," he said.
You can see the performance here.
But in case you're wondering why Lil Wayne kept his hands far, far away from Nicki during their exchange, it's because she's his protégé and he's a brother type to her.
Last month Nicki told MTV News about shooting the "High School" music video with Wayne. "Not only is he my boss, but he's also like my brother," she said. "He refused to touch me, he's so respectful, he refused to touch me, and then I was like, 'Wayne,' I was like, 'You could do this.' But he was acting scared, like, 'Yo, Nick, this is my dream. I'm gonna be a man after this video.' He was just being crazy," But if I didn't tell him 'Yes, you can do this' or 'touch this,' he refused to do it, like he's a southern gentlemen, which people don't realize."
Of course, Lil Wayne being Lil Wayne, he couldn't end the Billboard Music Awards performance without saying, "All dat a- -" while pointing to Nicki's booty.
Speaking of the performance, many fans had expected to see Nicki perform "High School" on the "American Idol" finale. After all, all of the other judges, including outgoing judge Randy Jackson, hit the stage during last week's finale.
According to TV Guide, Nicki explained, "I had already committed to Billboard Awards to perform my single, so I wasn't allowed to perform it on 'Idol' and perform it on Billboard."
She also explained why she didn't debut her video on "Idol" like Mariah Carey, and last season's judge Jennifer Lopez. "I was supposed to premiere my 'High School' video on Idol but they said it was too risqué," she said.
Nicki Minaj brought home several souvenirs from this year's Billboard Awards. The rapper won three trophies, including the first award of the night for Top Rap Artist.
"I definitely did not expect this one," she said of her win. She also won the awards for Top Streaming Artist and Top Rap Album, for "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded."
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