AMAs 2012 Performances: Nicki Minaj And Justin Bieber, Usher

By Henna Kathiya

After stealing the show last year with two big wins, Nicki Minaj did not disappoint with her wintry solo performance at the 2012 American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 18), not to mention her appearance during Justin Bieber’s set.

The “Starships” singer stunned the crowd with her all-white set for her snowy performance at this year’s AMAs. After a futuristic opening performance with David Guetta last year, the Pink Friday star took things in a colder direction this year.

Performing “Freedom,” from her November 19 album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up  Nicki was decked out in all white complete with a decadent white fur coat and boots to match. Her hair was the star’s signature cotton candy pink. At one point, a choir dressed in all white joins her on stage to provide some back up vocals. The YMCMB rapper really brought her energy in belting out some of the song’s more powerful parts. Later in the night Nicki also hit the stage with Justin Bieber, causing quite the commotion as they performed their collaboration “Beauty And A Beat.”

To make the wintry settings more realistic, it even began to show on stage, mid-way through Nicki’s performance as the choir continued to back her up.

Earlier in the night, Usher didn’t disappoint when he kicked off the festivities. Doing what he does best, the king of R&B broke it down on stage performing not just one song, but three songs, dancing and singing through “Numb,” “Climax” and  “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.”  With beams of laser lights flooding the stage, he danced breathlessly and even started sprinting on a treadmill at one point during his performance.