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Live Review: Nicki Minaj, Tyga & Ruby Rose

13 December 2012 | 4:40 pm | Chantelle Gabriel

Emerging from a pink and white neon rocket ship, Nicki Minaj brought so much energy to the stage from the second she graced it.

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Opening the night's proceedings, Ruby Rose hyped up the already significantly full arena (with the audience ranging from children as young as six to adults 40-plus) with a DJ set featuring the likes of Rihanna, Missy Elliot, DMX and Havana Brown. Shortly after young rapper Tyga took the stage with a short set that was high energy from the moment he literally jumped out on stage. Performing hits such as Faded, The Motto and the ever-popular Rack City, the rapper jumped off stage to walk through the crowd mid-way through his set. The highlight of his 25 minute set was definitely the end when 15 girls of various ages were taken up on stage to dance whilst Tyga performed Rack City for the second time. At this point he had taken his shirt off, and as he recited the words of the chorus he turned his microphone to the two youngest girls on stage to help him out. It was adorable, although a little disconcerting when you think about the underage members in attendance.

Emerging from a pink and white neon rocket ship, Nicki Minaj brought so much energy to the stage from the second she graced it. Wearing full black the dramatic performer powered through current hit Roman Reloaded followed by Beez In The Trap and the ever so vulgar Did It 'On Em, and continuing on with hits Proud Of You and Moment For Life before the first of six costume changes for the night. Shooting merchandise into the crowd with her 'Nicki gun' and engaging with audience members was more proof of how much gratitude the star has, before great ballads Right Through Me, Save Me and Marilyn Monroe kept the good vibes flowing.

Ending the night with more of her party hits such as Bedrock (at which point Tyga joined her on stage) and finally Starships hyped the crowd for the true party that was to come…it was Nicki's birthday! As balloons, flowers cakes, fireworks, drinks and confetti covered the stage video messages from the likes of Lil Wayne, Brtiney Spears, Kanye and Keith Urban were played before the audience sang happy birthday to the overwhelmed star. Truly ending the night on a high note.