​Nicki Minaj didn't just enter the 2018 Met Gala in a bright hot red dress, but she was also coming off the heels of two successful singles, videos, and a release date for the album hanging in the air.

Snatching up the attention on the red carpet, the rapper revealed the record would be called Queen, due out June 15th, and that her Oscar de la Renta gown was meant to to represent her home city of New York.


According to ​TIME, the dress was meant to represent the more sinful side of the Met Gala's theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, playing on the concept of her as the "bad guy," devil figure. "I’m the bad guy and I wanted to make sure the bad guy was here,” she told the red carpet, much like her Scarface-referencing track "Chun-Li."

Nicki also took a moment to ​squash the beef rumors between her and fellow rapper Cardi B, proving that the "bad guy" Queen can still be cordial. 


Dressing up as the representation of sin for the Catholic-themed Met Gala, Nicki Minaj is now in full album promotion mode, as she's positioning herself to take over the world of rap music once more.