Is an injury in VMA rehearsal considered a bad omen? We’ll have to wait and see, but what we do know is sometimes working with reptiles out of their environment can be a bit tricky. Nicki Minaj got to experience this first hand when one of her backup dancers was bitten by a snake during a run-through for her 2014 VMA performance of “Anaconda” and had to be taken to the hospital Friday (Aug. 22).
TMZ reports the female dancer on the jungle-themed set was bitten by a boa constrictor (which are not poisonous) used in the act and was taken to the hospital merely as a precaution.
No word yet on if the snake bite will impact the final performance when Minaj takes to the stage at 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Sunday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.