Rapper Nicki Minaj gave an unexpected shoutout during her acceptance speech after winning best hip-hop video of the year for her sexually explicit “Anaconda” music video at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
“This is so random — you know who I want to thank tonight? My pastor,” she said. “Thank you, Pastor Lydia. I love you so much.”
Check out some of the online reactions:
I just spoke to her and Nicki Minaj's pastor is really proud of her ass-shaking. Praise Jesus! #VMAs— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) August 31, 2015
Nicki Minaj thanking her pastor for winning an award for Anaconda— Michelle Fields (@MichelleFields) August 31, 2015
In addition to thanking the “pastor” after winning an award for “Anaconda,” Minaj also initiated a profanity-laced back-and-forth with host Miley Cyrus over a recent media interview. However, many people speculated that the exchange was staged.