She came. She saw. She Twerked. She blew up Twitter. Yes, Nicki Minaj's VMA performance was the talk of the event ... and that was before she even took the stage.
The slithering, seductive, Sir-Mix-a-Lot-inspired song, its cover art and video have already generated insane buzz, inspired countless memes and shattered YouTube records.
To top it all off, a giant snake bit one of her dancers during her VMA rehearsal, leaving fans wondering how the actual performance could possibly live up to the hype.
See the live debut of the Nicki Minaj Anaconda phenomenon - bookended by somewhat unlikely medley collaborator Ariana Grande - and see if it did:
If it didn't quite mesh with expectations, it's only because there was so much going on. No one can accuse the 2014 MTV VMAs of phoning in this year's intro.
Grande opened the awards show with her hit song “Break Free” in a sparkly silver getup, followed by Minaj strutting her stuff in "Anaconda" themed attire.
Minaj and her booty-shaking backup dancers were all covered in green body paint resembling the jungle, with plenty of raunchy writhing to go around.
Just from the humans, fortunately. The snake was 86'd from the performance.
English singer Jessie J then joined Nicki and Ariana to perform their new hit song “Bang Bang,” after which Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction of sorts.