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Nicki Minaj’s Grammy performance perplexes fans

Those who tuned in for Nicki Minaj’s Grammy performance experienced a wave of emotion: First they were confused, then amused and then just plain angry. There was fire and a man dressed like the pope. Minaj levitated. Then, an exorcism. Viewers stared at their TVs, slack-jawed and unsure of what exactly they were watching.

The religious response to Minaj’s performance will surely be furious — the Catholic League is likely firing up its angriest press release yet — but fans’ reactions were fast and frank. They had no idea what sort of spectacle they had just witnessed, but few of them liked it. Read some of the funniest fan tweets, after the jump.

View Photo Gallery: See more photos from “music’s biggest night.”

More on the 2012 Grammy Awards:

Review: A sweep for Adele on solemn night

LIVE Q&A: Post critic Chris Richards

The best and worst Grammy performances

List of Grammy winners in selected major categories

The best, worst and weirdest of the red carpet

Essay: Grammy nominee dreams of a win

Grammy Awards play-by-play

Celebrity reactions on Twitter

Nicki Minaj’s performance perplexes fans

Beach Boys, Maroon 5, Foster the People unite for Grammy performance

Taylor Swift makes ‘Hee Haw’ and ‘Country Bear Jamboree’ trend on Twitter

Jennifer Hudson’s emotional Whitney Houston tribute

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