J.Lo performed an opening number featuring dances to the top songs from the past year, including Minaj's hit Anaconda. During that portion, the camera cut to Minaj's face. She looked to the side. The Internet is running with that.
Is this really enough to constitute shade? Have our shade standards become so low?
Damn J Lo....... Nicki Minaj facial expression says it all... We still love u doe pic.twitter.com/KPJaUUpmpE— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) November 23, 2015
Maybe if they had shown Minaj's face during "Bad Blood," which could have brought up memories of the offensive comments Taylor Swift made to her pre-VMAs, then shade could be argued. Or if they had done a close-up of her expression during that horrible song by Ed Sheeran. But this seems like flimsy shade evidence.
To settle things, Minaj herself denies any occurrence of shade.
And really, why would there be any shade here? J.Lo's performance is awesome. How often do we get award show hosts expertly dancing their butts off? You think Ricky Gervais is going to do this for us?