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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