The season 43 finale of Saturday Night Live was one of the most anticipated episodes of the year. Not only because former cast member/writer Tina Fey was returning to Studio 8H, but because Nicki Minaj was tapped as the finale’s musical guest. Of course, there was a lot of hype and speculation surrounding the rapper’s appearance, with many fans hoping to get a taste of Nicki’s upcoming album Queen.
Shortly after her SNL gig was announced, the “Chun-Li” artist told fans she would perform never-before-heard material during the show’s season finale. Which is exactly what we wanted to hear.
But then Nicki started messing with our emotions. Several days later, she hit up Twitter, claiming she had a change of heart:
Barbz didn't know how to take this. Some were naturally disappointed, while others remained hopeful that Nicki wouldn't let her fans down.
Well, on Saturday night, we finally got our answer. The rapper hit the stage to perform "Chun-Li," followed by a surprise appearance from Playboi Carti for "Poke It Out."
We knew Nicki would come through. You can check out her SNL performances in the videos above.
Queen is scheduled to drop June 15.