Nicki Minaj surprised her audience at a Brooklyn concert by inviting Cyndi Lauper, an iconic artist, to join her onstage for a duet of “Pink Friday Girls.”

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

“Pink Friday Girls,” a track from Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday 2’ album, includes a sample of Cyndi Lauper’s iconic song, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Nicki Minaj surprised her audience during her Pink Friday 2 World Tour stop at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 1st by bringing out Cyndi Lauper, 70, to perform “Pink Friday Girls.” This song prominently features a sample from Lauper’s Grammy-winning hit, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

During the performance, Nicki and Cyndi held hands as they strutted down Minaj’s catwalk, marking their first live rendition of “Pink Friday Girls.” In fan-recorded footage, Nicki, 41, paused mid-song to acknowledge Lauper, referring to her as an “icon” and “legend,” which elicited cheers from the crowd.

At the conclusion of the “Pink Friday Girls” performance, Nicki Minaj turned to Cyndi Lauper, bowed down, and expressed deep gratitude for her presence at the show. In a video shared on social media, Minaj revealed, “I have been speaking about this woman in my interviews since I first began rapping.”

Cyndi Lauper’s appearance at Minaj’s concert followed the rapper’s collaboration with Drake at the Pink Friday 2 World Tour stop in Toronto on April 30, where they performed their recent collaboration, “Needle.”

Nicki Minaj has openly expressed her admiration for Cyndi Lauper throughout her career. In a tweet from 2009 on X (formerly Twitter), Minaj wrote, “Cyndi Lauper made my 3 fave songs of all time. True colors, time after time and girlz jus wanna have fun. Genius.”

In 2010, Minaj teamed up with Katy Perry to perform a duet version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” at VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, showcasing Minaj’s continued appreciation for Lauper’s music and influence.

At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Nicki Minaj and Cyndi Lauper officially met for the first time. On the red carpet, Minaj expressed her excitement, saying, “This is crazy. People don’t know how obsessed I am with you,” and referred to Lauper as “one of my fashion icons.”

When “Pink Friday Girls” was released on Minaj’s Pink Friday 2 album in December 2023, Cyndi Lauper shared the song on her Instagram Story. In response, Minaj expressed her gratitude on X (formerly Twitter), stating, “I’m told she’s never cleared a master recording. I am so grateful. I’ve always loved her as you guys know.”

The Pink Friday 2 World Tour is ongoing through July, with upcoming shows scheduled in cities including New Orleans, Houston, Oklahoma City, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Stockholm, Milan, Dublin, and more. Fans can anticipate more exciting performances and collaborations throughout the tour.