Say this for Nicki Minaj: She knows how to stay on theme.
She arrived at Sunday’s (Feb. 12) Grammy Awards in a red garment reminiscent of one Roman Catholic cardinals wear — and accompanied by a guy dressed like the pope. She kept the dress/clerical robe on throughout the show, then took the stage around 11 p.m. ET for …
Well, we’re really not sure what to call her performance of “Roman Holiday,” which included her red-carpet friend (who in the interim had been demoted to a regular priest), dancing monks, Minaj strapped to a table, Inquisition-style, levitation, a lot of stained-glass windows and a filmed piece depicting an exorcism.
Near as we can tell, the “Roman” she’s referring to is her alter ego Roman Zolanski, whom Minaj has referred to as a demon living inside her (hence the exorcism, we guess). “Roman Holiday” is a track on her forthcoming album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” which is all about that persona.
We’re sure that someone from the Catholic League or a similar group will issue an angry denouncement of the performance, but we almost feel like it was so over the top that it’s hard to take seriously as any kind of statement on God, religion or any church.
What did you think of the performance? If you’re still sorting it out, watch it again: