Watch Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Bring a Sultry 'Side to Side' to the 2016 AMAS

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Ariana Grande is up for the top award at tonight's AMAs, Artists of the Year, and she celebrated the evening with a tropical-themed duet alongside Nicki Minaj of her latest single, the reggae-tinged "Side to Side."

In front of a sandy rainforest backdrop, Grande kept things sultry over the first part of the song, before introducing Minaj, who left AN EXTREMELY SMALL AMOUNT TO THE IMAGINATION while running through her verse with her trademark ferocity, joining the phalanx of backup dancers to grind the track to its conclusion.

While it may not have been as explicit as Nicki's lap dance on Lil Wayne at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, it was right up there with Nicki's more risque national television moments.


"I love Nicki; this is the third song we've done together, and this is one of my favorite songs on the album," Grande said on the red carpet before the show.

"Side to Side" is currently at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, down one spot from last week's No. 6 peak due to the wild ride to No. 1 of Rae Sremmurd​'s "Black Beatles," and is Grande's seventh Top 10 track on the chart. 

Check out Ariana and Nicki's performance above.

2016 AMAs
2016 AMAs