Video: Nicki Minaj Performs 'Right Thru Me' on Letterman

Song is on Minaj's 'Pink Friday' LP, out Tuesday

November 19, 2010 1:29 PM ET


Nicki Minaj served up a quiet storm on the Late Show With David Letterman Thursday night, soaring through the ballad "Right Thru Me," the latest single from her Pink Friday LP (which comes out next week). Accompanied by a small band — with a very flashy drummer — and two lithe dancers, Minaj wore a blonde wig with bright pink tips. Dave gave her performance more than his usual praise: "You see what I'm sayin'?" he said at the end of the song.

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