American Music Awards: Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Perform "Side to Side"

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Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

The performance marks their second AMA duet performance together.

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj hit the American Music Awards stage together Sunday night to perform their song "Side to Side." 

The performance had the audience dancing in the aisles featured an elaborate tropical set complete with sand and palm trees, an entourage of backup dancers and a full swing grind train.

The AMA stage isn't new to either of the pop vocalists; this year's performance of their hit song marked their second AMA performance together. 

Grande has now performed at four consecutive AMAs, first in 2013 to with “The Way” and “Tattooed Heart,” again in 2014 with “Bang, Bang” alongside Jessie J and  Minaj and “Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd, and then in 2015 with her hit single “Focus.” 

Minaj also took the AMA stage for the fourth time after performing a medley of “Sweat,” “Turn Me On” and “Super Bass” with David Guetta in 2011, followed by a solo performance of “Freedom” in 2012, and then a solo "Bed of Lies" performance and the "Bang, Bang" collaboration in 2014.

Minaj is also scheduled to perform "Do You Mind" with DJ Khaled, August Alsina, Future and Rick Ross at Sunday night's AMAs.

A three-time AMA nominee, Grande is up for 2016's highest honor, artist of the year. 

Minaj  is a six-time AMA winner and eight-time nominee.

Other artists scheduled to perform include Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar, James Bay, Carlos Vives, Fifth Harmony, Lady Gaga, DJ Khaled, Green Day, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, a special duet from The Chainsmokers and Halsey, and the American Music Award of Merit honoree and performer Sting.

The nominations for the fan-voted awards show, produced by Dick Clark Productions, were revealed last month. Drake leads with a record 13 noms, while Rihanna has seven and Adele and Justin Bieber each have five. Beyonce and The Chainsmokers follow closely behind with four and Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and the Weeknd each have three. Keep up with the latest winners here.

The 2016 American Music Awards show, airing on ABC, is executive produced by Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan, with Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco serving as producers.

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