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The 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show was as much about the performances as it was about Victoria's Secret's Angels showing off a new year's worth of lingerie. The annual fashion show, which was recorded earlier in the month but aired Tuesday night on CBS, offered its viewers a look at the sexy Victoria's Secret models strutting their stuff on the runway while also giving behind-the-scenes, Project Runway-style looks at the prep for the show.
But the real highlights of the night came from performances by Kanye West, Jay-Z, Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj. Kanye opened the show with a rousing performance of "Stronger," and then later took to the stage with BFF Jay-Z to perform songs from "Watch The Throne" while a very pregnant Beyonce looked on in approval from the audience. Maroon 5 later performed their hit "Moves Like Jagger," and then leading man Adam Levine walked the catwalk with his Angel girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna before the two of them shared an onstage, slow-motion kiss. Minaj closed the show with "Super Bass."
The fashion show featured the return of longtime Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr, 28, who had to sit out last year's runway walk because she was pregnant (she gave birth to son Flynn Jan. 6). Hubby Orlando Bloom could be seen cheering for Kerr from the front row as she walked the catwalk in the Fantasy Treasure Bra, a diamond-and-gem-encrusted bustier worth $2.5 million!
Also dazzling the crowd was Adriana Lima, the most senior of all the Angels. (The 30-year-old Brazilian model and Maybelline spokeswoman has been an Angel since 2000.) Other models who donned wings for the show included Alessandra Ambrosio, Chanel Iman, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Candice Swanepoel and Lily Donaldson, while 19-year-old Karlie Kloss made her Angel-ic debut.
Of course, since the show is meant to showcase the upcoming line of Victoria's Secret products, it was split into several different themes. The first was superheroes, then ballet, passion, underwater, turn-of-the-century New Orleans and finally "Club Pink," a glamorized take on Victoria's Secret's casual Pink line. And all of it looked good to us!