Nicki Minaj at VMAs

Nicki Minaj grabbed headlines at MTV’s VMAs (Video Music Awards), when she suffered a wardrobe malfunction. During her performance with Jessie J and Ariana Grande for “Bang Bang,” the rap star had to hold her top together, but pulled it off without incident.

When asked about it by Ellen DeGeneres, Nicki explained that a stubborn zipper led to her little black dress drama.

“I had about 40 or 50 seconds to change from the ‘Anaconda’ outfit into the ‘Bang Bang’ outfit and I don’t know why .. originally I was going to have a skirt wrapped around the green [‘Anaconda’ performance two-piece], but then when I realized that Jessie and Ariana were wearing black-and-white, I didn’t want to ruin the shot with me wearing a green bra and them wearing black-and-white,” she explained.

“So I was like, ‘I have to put on a black dress really quickly,’ and sure enough, we didn’t have a real quick change right there so it was literally my whole team standing there, holding curtains around me and it was pitch-black and I couldn’t see anything and right before it was time for me to walk out, they went to zip it up and nothing. And right there I thought I died.”

Despite the mishap, Nicki walked onto the stage, flawlessly delivering her verse while holding very tightly to her dress so nothing slipped out because, as she explained, fans would have gotten a whole other show if that happened.

“I didn’t have any underwear on — no underwear, no bra — ’cause I had just taken off the ‘Anaconda’ outfit, so I was butt-ass naked,” she said.