Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj Open the 2014 MTV VMAs — Thoughts?

VMAs 2014 Opening Performance

Oh my gosh. Look at her butt. Listen to her voice.

Heading into the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, oddsmakers might’ve figured Nicki Minaj’s gyrating nether-regions would inherit the watercooler crown from Miley Cyrus’ 2013 VMA twerkstravaganza. But if one had to declare a winner after an opening medley of Ariana Grande’s “Break Free,” Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” (featuring the other two divas), it was the British songbird who rocked the hardest.

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This isn’t to say Grande’s vocals were anything but rock-solid during her spaceship-themed set, or that Minaj didn’t deliver the expected amounts of cheekiness (not to mention exposed cheek). But Jessie’s final set of runs on the ear-candy collaboration were positively exhilarating.

Bang-bang into the room she came — and possibly to the next level of stateside stardom, in the process.

(Minaj, meanwhile, may want to bang bang an MTV wardrobe minion with her fists — seeing how she spent the final third of the opener desperately clutching closed her malfunctioning minidress.)

What did you think of Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J’s opening number? Watch the trio perform “Bang Bang” below, then take our poll and sound off in the comments!