Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj just turned in a very steamy live rendition of Ari's new single, "Side to Side" for a packed crowd at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

The performance began with the "Dangerous Woman" singer riding a fitness bike under the glare of fluorescent spotlights as she began her opening verse. As anyone who's been paying attention already knows, her voice translates extraordinarily well to live settings, and this performance only told us what we already knew.

Shortly afterwards, Nicki made her way onto the stage to spit her signature venom. Throughout the performance, Nicki and Ari were surrounded by pink-leotard-clad muscle men on a stage set that simulated a fitness center. It was clear that Nicki and Ari were the ones in control. Overall, it was more than a little awesome.

Ari and Nicki's performance was plenty of fun, and it won't be the last super-memorable showing of the night. Ari's performance was very impressive, but the fact that she's awesome wasn't much of a revelation. She provided a pretty big one earlier in the night during the pre-show for the VMA's.

During a brief red carpet interview with Charlamagne Tha God, Ari confirmed that she and Mac Miller are in fact a couple. You can read more about that here. In any case, keep it locked with XXL for more updates from the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

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