How tragic. A 6-foot snake, believed to be an anaconda, bit one of Nicki’s backup dancers during a VMA run-through for the Aug. 24 awards show.
The MTV Video Music Awards take place on Sunday, Aug. 24 and as usual, the night is sure to be jam-packed with a number of controversial performances — even the rehearsals are stirring up quite a bit of drama. On Friday, Aug. 22, a six foot snake reportedly bit one of Nicki Minaj‘s backup dancers during a run-through of her performance for “Anaconda.”
Nicki Minaj’s Backup Dancer Bitten By Huge Snake During VMA Rehearsal
A snake was part of the planned performance for Nicki’s sexy new single, TMZ reports. They claim the dancer was rushed to the hospital after being bitten and she’s currently receiving medical treatment.
The snake is believed to be an anaconda. The reptiles may not be poisonous, but they can still cause dangerous infections by spreading bacteria. (And if Jennifer Lopez ever taught us anything, it’s that anacondas are scary!)
It’s unclear if the snake will still be used during the actual performance, but it was allegedly taken away in a container after biting the backup dancer, the site reports.
MTV Video Music Awards: The Show Is Not Afraid Of Snakes
While using an anaconda as a prop seems pretty controversial, Nicki, 31, wouldn’t be the first singer to appear on stage with a snake during the MTV Video Music Awards.
Britney Spears‘ 2001 performance of “I’m A Slave 4 U” — one of the show’s most iconic moments in MTV history — started with a yellow python wrapped around the singer’s neck.
Plus, the awards show is no stranger to risque moments, especially when it comes to performances on stage. There was Britney and Madonna’s shocking kiss at the 2003 VMAs and Miley Cyrus‘ twerking session with Robin Thicke in 2013.
We certainly hope Nicki’s backup dancer recovers quickly.
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— Chris Rogers