Beyonce and Nicki Minaj Snarl in “Flawless” Remix Live Video

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.06.14 in News

A screenshot from Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj‘s first and so far only live performance together of their “Flawless” remix could be a bit misleading. The two maintain fearsome facial expressions during much of their side-by-side time on screen: sneering, snarling or, at one point, all but roaring at each other. In the video below, though, the ferocity comes across as just part and parcel of the original track’s “I woke up like dis” confidence. The newly shared clip comes from Beyoncé and Jay Z’s recent HBO concert special, shot during the pop couple’s last On the Run tour stop, and it’s the first set of official visuals from that night’s widely discussed Yoncé-Nicki collaboration. Here, as on their studio reworking of the 2013 Beyoncé standout, the two are playing by their own rules; no #mansplaining about why the track is also avowedly feminist should be desirable or necessary. Oh, and ask Law & Order: Of course some mean-mugging goes down when there are a billion dollars (well, give or take) onstage in Paris.