Nicki Minaj Dancer Suffers Snake Bite At VMAs Rehearsal


Iyana Robertson | August 23, 2014 - 2:24 pm

What’s a performance of “Anaconda” without a snake?

Unfortunately for one of Nicki Minaj’s dancers, literal interpretation of the rapper’s latest single is apparently pretty dangerous. While rehearsing for her upcoming 2014 MTV Video Music Awards performance, a dancer was bitten by a snake.

According to MTV News, the dancer suffered a bite on her left arm from a boa constrictor while holding the snake around her shoulders. Nicki, who was onstage at the time of the incident, made her way to the dancer’s side to check on her. The dancer was treated on the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital.

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The snake in question has performed for 15 years, and had never bitten anyone before, according to its handler. Chris Velvin, director of production safety for Viacom, confirmed that the dancer’s injuries were not life-threatening.

“It is in no way life-threatening, but scary,” he said. “We wanted her to start getting treatment as soon as possible.”

Nicki Minaj’s team plans to use a different snake for Sunday’s (Aug. 24) live performance.

Side note: Looks like we’re getting a blast from the VMA past…