AP - Nicki Minaj helped open the MTV Video Music Awards with a "Bang" on Sunday as she brought her "Anaconda" video to life with a rump-shaking performance and had a wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J. on stage.

Minaj first wore a green top and shorts, rapping, dancing and exciting the crowd — except Rita Ora, who stared blankly when the camera panned by. But when Minaj performed "Bang Bang," the rapper was suddenly subdued as she held the front of her outfit together after a long split appeared.

Snakes were not part of the Sunday night’s performance at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Days before the VMAs, a 6-foot-long boa constrictor bit a background dancer during a rehearsal for Minaj’s performance, MTV News reported.

Taylor Swift performed new single "Shake It Off" in a shimmery two-piece. She got to the top of the stage, and as her tuxedoed male background dancers stood with their arms wide open waiting for Swift to jump she said, "One second. I don’t care if it’s the VMAs. I’m not jumping off there."

She continued: "It’s all kinds of people getting bitten by snakes. Dangerous."

Grande kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, "Break Free" in a Beyonce-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single "Problem," but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for the hit "Dark Horse."

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