At Sunday evening’s MTV VMAs ceremony, the audience was thrilled with a couple of exciting performances. While the pick of these was undoubtedly Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ medley, Ariana Grande gave a good account of herself when debuting her new Nicki Minaj-assisted single ‘Side to Side’. The song is a more sultry take on her usual bubblegum pop with a bit of a Caribbean twist. Introduced by Chance the Rapper, Ariana grabbed the VMA audience’s attention from the off by appearing, flanked by her dancers, on an exercise bike. They somehow managed to twerk and dance to the music with these unwieldy props and if she wasn’t so out of breath, we would have wondered how the petite chanteuse managed to do all that, balance on 10-inch heels and still sing. She may not have won in any of the five categories she was nominated in, but this was surely among the winning performances of the night.
Hours after captivating the VMA audience Ariana released the official video for Side to Side and, surprise surprise, it is set in a gym and opens to her and her troop hunched on workout bikes. Even there she is a pink outfit and high heels. You can get hypnotized watching the ladies whip their hair left to right while working their hips suggestively. And things only get steamier when Minaj is introduced, curves highlighted rather than hidden in a red two-piece costume.
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