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VIDEO: Nicki Minaj – 2012 Grammy Performance

Nicki Minaj performed her new single, “Roman Holiday,” for the first time at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. During the performance, dubbed “The Exorcism of Roman (Nicki’s alter ego),” which was choreographed by Laurieann Gibson, Nicki channels her inner demon. Simply put it, was disturbing. She described the performance in a phone interview with Ryan Seacrest, saying:

“I had this vision for him [Roman] to be sort of exorcised—or actually he never gets exorcised—but people around him tell him he’s not good enough because he’s not normal, he’s not blending in with the average Joe. And so his mother is scared and the people around him are afraid because they’ve never seen anything like him. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing and he’s sure of himself and confident, but he’s never gonna change, he’s never gonna be exorcised. Even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above.”

Video of her 2012 Grammy ritual performance after the jump:

Plus a few bonus shots 

Jesus take the wheel!

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