Nicki Minaj - T in the Park 2012 review
'It's grudgingly admitted she's worth the wait'
Gavin McInally - 08 July 2012
The American diva shows up on the NME stage an unbelievable 50 minutes late - perhaps to make sure her lipstick and eye
liner matched the shade of misery the crowd are sporting tonight.
Signs proclaiming 'Nicki Minaj has arrived and will begin her performance shortly' are presented on the screen as if the rap-turned-pop songstress had successfully achieved a voyage to Mars instead of the trip to a country with working airports and fully fuelled "gas" stations - which her peers all managed to successfully navigate without any delay to the running schedule - with the waiting crowd expected to be delighted with such wonderful news.
However when the Young Money hip hop princess does finally arrive on her carefully constructed stage of stairs, screens and co-ordinated dancers she is all too easily forgiven for her tardiness.
'Starships' and 'Pound The Alarm' provoke a rave worthy of a headline performance and while the mild boos of the unimpressed fans at the back of the field pay testament to the fact no artist should ever take a full crowd of tired revellers for granted, it's hard to deny that America's latest export reeks of pure class and entertainment which has been sadly lacking over the weekend.
The planned hour set is sliced to little more than 25 minutes to make way for Swedish House Mafia's final fling in Scotland and as soon as the confetti cannons have had their last bursts it's grudgingly admitted that Nicki Minaj was worth the wait.
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