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Nicki Minaj brought the pope to the Grammy Awards

Little Red Nicki Minaj. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Kelly Osbourne referred to it on E! as the “egg moment of the year.”

Indeed, when Nicki Minaj showed up on the Grammy red carpet in a red hooded gown accompanied by a man dressed as the pope, it was tempting to compare it to Lady Gaga’s egg-incubating-arrival from last year’s Grammys.

Like that episode, it raised so many questions: Why did Minaj feel compelled to bring a man dressed as the leader of the Catholic Church to music’s premier event? Was Minaj really under all that heavy, drapey, Versace-designed material, or would her “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” co-hort M.I.A. (or maybe a wolf disguised as Minaj’s grandmother) possibly pop out from under there as a surprise? What was the significance of the figure whose face appeared on the skirt of Minaj’s dress? And did Minaj borrow those gloves from Madonna?

We are still hoping to learn the answers. As we uncover them, we will update this post. The investigation continues...

Update, 11:08 p.m.: Nicki Minaj is performing “Roman Holiday” on the Grammy stage, a number that includes the aforementioned pope impersonator and an apparent exorcism. So I am now both less confused, as well as more.

In any case, it’s a relief that this matter is now resolved.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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