mobile-bannertablet-bannerdesktop-banner

Watch Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J Open the VMAs With a Crazy Medley

Aug 24, 2014

This is how you open an awards show with bang (bang): Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kicked off the 2014 Video Music Awards with a medley of their summer hits: "Break Free," "Anaconda" and "Bang Bang."

This is also how you manage an apparent costume-change failure with grace: Nicki Minaj looked like she struggled to get into her next outfit when she returned for her "Bang Bang" rap clutching her dress for dear life.

The last time this many divas opened the show, there was some lip-locking involved. But barring Nicki Minaj's near-wardrobe malfunction, the opening medley was surprisingly low on stunts— not even the reported snakes made an appearance! — just some intergalactic outfits, a few hair flips and plenty of powerful pipes on display.

Watch the entire performance here.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals
2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet
Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.
Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images
1 of 22
All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.