The holiday concert took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom on the eve of Minaj's album release and featured such big stars as Kanye West , Keyshia Cole and Busta Rhymes.
Rap newcomer Nicki Minaj served up a Thanksgiving treat for fans on Thursday night, November 25 when she brought her superstar pals Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West out onstage in New York. The "Your Love" hitmaker headlined Hot 97 radio's holiday concert with fellow rapper Fabolous, who entertained the packed crowd with a mix of songs old and new, including guest appearances by Lloyd Banks and Juelz Santana for the G-Unit star's catchy "Beamer, Benz or Bentley".
But it was Minaj who turned up the heat at the Hammerstein Ballroom, sparking a fan frenzy when she stepped onstage and launched into "Roman's Revenge". Her DJ then spun the remix, prompting Busta Rhymes to announce his arrival by spitting his verse on the Minaj/Eminem collaboration.
Minaj slowed things down for "I Ain't Thru", her duet with Keyshia Cole, who flew into the Big Apple specially for the performance, and belted out her new single "Right Thru Me" before stunning the audience and introducing Rihanna to sing the chorus to Fly. The stars even held hands halfway through the song and a cheeky Rihanna slapped Minaj's backside as she left the stage.
The rapper continued to give back to her devotees and was joined by Drake for "Moment 4 Life", fueling rumors of a love affair by warmly embracing and kissing her Young Money Records labelmate as the track came to an end.
But she immediately killed any tabloid gossip of a romance between her and Drake, telling the crowd, "I still got my lipstick on! I know you New York, don't be startin' something!" And Minaj saved her biggest surprise for last, sending fans into a screaming fit as West ran into the spotlight for their underground smash "Monster". The "Stronger" star was repaying the favor for Minaj, who had joined West for his late night set in New York two nights earlier.
After the song, she told the audience, "See what I do for you New York? Only for my hometown!" Minaj closed the show by signing T-shirts and throwing them out into the crowd. The rapper also took to her Twitter.com blog after event to thank all of her guests, writing, "Best nite of my life! Thank u busta, keyshia, rihanna, drake, kanye, hot97, New York & New Jersey!!!! Mmmuuuuaaaahhhh!!!!!!"