Watch Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj bring a sultry 'Side to Side' to the 2016 AMAs

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Ariana Grande is up for the top award at tonight's AMAs, Artists of the Year, and she celebrated the evening with a tropical-themed duet alongside Nicki Minaj of her latest single, the reggae-tinged "Side to Side."

In front of a sandy rainforest backdrop, Grande kept things sultry over the first part of the song, before introducing Minaj, who left AN EXTREMELY SMALL AMOUNT TO THE IMAGINATION while running through her verse with her trademark ferocity, joining the phalanx of backup dancers to grind the track to its conclusion.

While it may not have been as explicit as Nicki's lap dance on Lil Wayne at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, it was right up there with Nicki's more risque national television moments.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Recording artist Shawn Mendes performs onstage at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Presenters Gigi Gorgeous (L) and Bebe Rexha speak onstage at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Zayn Malik attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2016/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Donnie Wahlberg (L) and actress Jenny McCarthy attend the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2016/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actors T. J. Miller (L) and Olivia Munn attend the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Singer Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and singer Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line speak onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Presenters Erin Foster (L) and Sara Foster speak onstage at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Bruno Mars (C) perfroms onstage at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2016/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Niall Horan performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Co-host Gigi Hadid speaks onstage at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2016/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Recording artists Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Hamilton, Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello of the band Fifth Harmony perform onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Model Karlie Kloss (L) and Recording artist Lady Gaga attend the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2016/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Musicians Josh Dun (L) and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots attend the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2016/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Recording artists Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Hamilton, Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony perform onstage at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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"I love Nicki; this is the third song we've done together, and this is one of my favorite songs on the album," Grande said on the red carpet before the show.

"Side to Side" is currently at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, down one spot from last week's No. 6 peak due to the wild ride to No. 1 of Rae Sremmurd​'s "Black Beatles," and is Grande's seventh Top 10 track on the chart.

Check out Ariana and Nicki's performance below.

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