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Taylor Swift's final Staples show gets boost from Nicki Minaj

August 29, 2011 | 11:54 am

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Taylor Swift had to miss the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday since she was across the street playing the last of a string of sold-out shows at the Staples Center. But the young country queen used the influx of superstars who were in town for the big show to pull off an unlikely duet.

The singer enlisted Nicki Minaj to show up for a spin of the rapper's crossover hit, "Super Bass." Just before the duet, Minaj was awarded the VMA for best hip-hop video for the single, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 100 chart.

Swift has never shied away from her love for Minaj, and has even done an impromptu cover of the song herself. The audience, already in a fit of screams when the singer started rapping, turned up the octaves of shrills when Minaj in a gloriously multi-hued ensemble emerged from underneath the stage to join Swift.

Could a duet or remix be in the cards for the pair? Check out the performance after the jump:

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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
twitter.com/gerrickkennedy

Photo: Country singer Taylor Swift performs during her "Speak Now" tour at Staples Center on Aug. 23, 2011. Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times

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