Show Review: Nicki Minaj @ Climate Pledge Arena

March 10th, Award-winning rapper and hip-hop sensation Nicki Minaj electrified Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena with her Pink Friday 2 Tour, marking her first performance in the city since 2012. The sold-out show transformed the arena into a vibrant sea of pink, with fans decked out in the tour’s signature color, celebrating Minaj’s triumphant return.

Nicki Minaj, a frequent nominee and winner at prestigious award shows like the AMAs, BET Awards, ASCAP Awards, Grammys, Billboard Awards, and People’s Choice Awards, continues to dominate the music scene. Her 2023 album, ‘Pink Friday 2’, has been a massive success, and the Barbz (Minaj’s loyal fans) were thrilled to hear many of its tracks featured in the night’s setlist, alongside her greatest hits from over the years.

The Pink Friday 2 Tour is an ambitious 56-date world tour, with numerous shows already sold out, highlighting Minaj’s global appeal. The evening kicked off with a DJ spinning a mix of modern and old-school jams, setting the mood with dance-offs on the main floor. Even the Backstreet Boys made it onto the playlist, ensuring there was something for everyone, including those less familiar with Minaj’s music.

The stage setup was nothing short of spectacular, featuring a massive three-level structure and a runway extending three-quarters the length of the main floor. The lighting, drenched in shades of pink, blue, and red, added to the vibrant atmosphere.

Minaj made a dazzling entrance in a figure-hugging glittery dress with a dramatic train, which she soon swapped for a stunning bodysuit paired with matching glitter boots. Throughout the performance, she was accompanied by energetic dancers who kept the crowd’s energy levels sky-high.

Engaging with the audience, Minaj frequently strutted and danced along the runway, bringing herself closer to the fans who danced and sang along with hands raised high. The setlist was an impressive 35-song marathon, featuring a break during which artists Monica and Tyga took the stage, performing six and five songs respectively, giving Minaj a well-deserved breather.

As the show drew to a close, Minaj paused to express her gratitude to the Seattle crowd, saying, “Seattle, you were everything I dreamed.” Her heartfelt words were the perfect ending to a night filled with unforgettable performances and a palpable sense of excitement.

Seattle Setlist:

Set 1:
Gag City (Song played from tape)
I’m the Best
Barbie Dangerous
Beep Beep
Hard White
Press Play
Win Again
We Go Up
Big Difference
Pink Birthday
Feeling Myself
High School
Ganja Burn (video interlude)
Red Ruby Da Sleeze
Forward From Trini / Black Barbies
Barbie World (Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice with Aqua cover)
Roman’s Revenge
Monster (Kanye West cover)
Are You Gone Already (video interlude)
Fallin 4 U
Right Thru Me
Save Me
Here I Am
Let Me Calm Down
Nicki Hendrix

Set 2:
Super Freaky Girl
Pink Friday Girls
Super Bass
Play Video
The Night Is Still Young
Moment 4 Life