Rapper Nicki Minaj was clearly looking for attention last night when she appeared on the red carpet with a man dressed as the Pope at the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening. While this appearance was bizarre in itself, Minaj's performance took the use of faith and religion to entirely new heights, as the singer performed an exorcism (on herself), spoke in tongues and levitated.
It was nearing the end of the show when Minaj sang her newest single "Roman Holiday." In a bizarre showing that has caused a slew of negative reaction and angst among the religious, Minaj trotted around the stage using religious elements in an attempt to gain greater notoriety. While it did, indeed, give her the most talked about performance of the night, people were more perplexed than they were impressed.
Here's how the Washington Post's Click Track blog described the spectacle:
Those who tuned in for Nicki Minaj’s Grammy performance experienced a wave of emotion: First they were confused, then amused and then just plain angry. There was fire and a man dressed like the pope. Minaj levitated. Then, an exorcism. Viewers stared at their TVs, slack-jawed and unsure of what exactly they were watching.
The religious response to Minaj’s performance will surely be furious — the Catholic League is likely firing up its angriest press release yet — but fans’ reactions were fast and frank. They had no idea what sort of spectacle they had just witnessed, but few of them liked it.
Watch the curious performance, below:
Here is just some of the reaction from Twitter:
And these are just a few of the critiques. While some fans did enjoy the performance, it seems the majority felt Minaj took her antics a bit too far.