London - Nicki Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.

The 'Anaconda' star had sang her raunchy hit single, but there wasn't enough time for a full costume change before the next part of her performance, leaving her clutching her top to retain her modesty.

As she returned to the stage to sing 'Bang Bang' with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, her dress came close to revealing her body, and she had to perform while holding up her black gown to make sure it didn't open.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the rapper’s backing dancer was bitten by a snake during a rehearsal for the awards show.

Their practice reportedly didn't go to plan when a female dancer was attacked by a six-foot serpent.

According to gossip website TMZ, the unfortunate performer was bitten by a six-foot serpent and had to be taken to hospital, where she was being treated.

It is believed an anaconda was used - in a direct reference to Nicki's new track - and while it is a non-venomous snake, they can often transmit bacteria that could lead to serious infections.

The incident clearly scared the rapper straight, as she ended up not using a single reptile in her performance, which was the opener for the show. The last-minute change did not prevent Nicki from giving a hard-hitting show for the audience and viewers from around the world, however.

“I liked it, there were a lot of body parts everywhere,” one of the night’s winners, Ed Sheeran, said backstage about the opening performance. - BANG Showbiz and Reuters