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Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj Set 2012 MTV VMAs On Fire!

Duo were joined by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas for their stint on stage...

Some fires just can't be extinguished. The temperature outside of Los Angeles' Staples Centre hovered around the mid-80s for most of the day, but whenAlicia Keys took the stage atSwizz Beatz, who watched from the crowd with the couple's son, Nicki Minaj.

In a surprise twist, the stage lights darkened and a spotlight in the crowd shined on the Pink Friday MC who rapped a story about the ghost of Marilyn Monroe while wearing a curly blond wig, spitting: "Spirit of Marilyn callin' me, audibly/ Ballin' she/ Said that she would never leave/ Continue to torture me."

The Young Money rap queen continued to link well-connected bars with her head down before her final line brought everything full circle.

"And I got 'em aggy because I win the gold like Gabby," Minaj rapped, cuing gymnast Gabby Douglas to take the stage doing an array of graceful flips and cartwheels.

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