Nicki Minaj is right in the middle of a European tour, but she still found time to fly to New York to support the high profile launch of Jay-Z’s new streaming service Tidal and come back to Dublin to perform all her latest hits.

The singer, whose original name is Onika Tanya Maraj, opened her show at Dublin’s 3 Arena last night with absolutely no signs of jet-lag.

My own picture from concert (c)

Nicki Minaj preforming onstage at the 3Arena Dublin

The arena itself was full of loads of preteens… I wondered was it going to be a bit past their bedtime when the concert ended at 11pm on a school night, but then I remembered… it is midterm break. Luckily, compared to other concerts I’ve been to with quite a young crowd, it was quite civilized.

Nicki opened with some of her more “power ballad” tracks such as “All Things Go” and “I Lied” from her latest album “The Pink Print”.

Minaj is known for her animated rapping style, her flow particular. She often combines metaphors, punch lines and word play into her work, which has been compared to her mentor Lil Wayne.

The roof was raised when she played many of her main releases such as “Pound The Alarm”, “Va Va Voom” and “Superbass”, a mixture of songs from her previous albums “Pink Friday” and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. She also pulled up two young fans on stage to help her sing the vocals of her track “Whip It” and covered a Beyoncé track.

Her dancing, singing and rapping were on point, and it was hard to miss her with her extremely sparkly outfits and dazzling interludes. Minaj always sticks out for her crazy costumes and hair!

People have doubted Nicki Minaj as a performer as her lyrics or looks are sometimes a bit (okay… very) mad, but I must say, from seeing her last night, and I’ve been to a lot of gigs over the years, she can really put on a show. She is more than just the cover girl with the big bum! The night was a success and I would happily attend another one of her concerts if she were to come back and play in the city again!

Check out Nicki’s latest single below: (warning, explicated lyrics!)