Nicki Minaj
American rapper and songwriter
Nicki Minaj
Onika Tanya Maraj, known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer-songwriter, voice actress and television personality. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. When she was five years old, she moved to the New York City borough of Queens. Minaj trained as an actress before she released three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009 and signed to Young Money Entertainment.
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Feuds: Nicki Minaj Scolds Shoe Designer for Ignoring Her
NYTimes - 18 days
The pop star said on Twitter that Giuseppe Zanotti has used her name in its designs without offering her payment or a collaboration in exchange.
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What Happened To The Ingénue?
Huffington Post - about 2 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. Last week, when film icon Debbie Reynolds died at 84, her New York Times obituary headline dubbed her a “Wholesome Ingénue in 1950s Films.” Quickly, lookups for the etymologically French term soared, according to Merriam- Webster. As those curious readers likely found, the Times was being slightly redundant in its description of the one-time starlet. The term “ingénue” itself ― which usually describes a wide-eyed, innocent young woman, a stage or film role depicting such a young woman, or an actress typecast as playing these roles ― denotes wholesomeness, sexual purity and naiveté, and sweetness.  When Reynolds broke into Hollywood as a teenager, she starred as girl-next-door sweethearts opposite the male matinée idols of the day in films like “Singing in the Rain” and “Bundle of Joy.” She filled a classic role at the time, guileless lead or f ...
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Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are done: 'To confirm, yes I am single,' she says
LATimes - about 2 months
Nicki Minaj isn’t making it a guessing game: She and Meek Mill have broken up. Finis.  “To confirm, yes I am single,” the “Anaconda” singer tweeted Thursday. “Focusing on my work & looking forward to sharing it with you guys really soon. Have a blessed New Year. Love u.” Mill hasn’t said anything...
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Did Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill Break Up? Instagram Drama Doesn't Always Mean The End Of A Relationship - Bustle
Google News - 2 months
Bustle Did Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill Break Up? Instagram Drama Doesn't Always Mean The End Of A Relationship Bustle As if 2016 hasn't been difficult enough for the world as a whole, it looks like yet another celebrity breakup might be happening before the year is through. If you follow Nicki Minaj on Instagram (and if you don't, you totally should), you probably ... Did Nicki Minaj Break Up With Meek Mill? Instagram Post Fuels RumorsInternational Business Times Nicki Minaj Sparks Split Rumors With Cryptic Instagram Post as Meek Mill Deletes His AccountUs Weekly all 45 news articles »
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Nicki Minaj refuses to appear on 'Real Housewives of New York'
Fox News - 3 months
“The Real Housewives of New York” were dissed by Nicki Minaj this past week when the hit rapper refused to appear on their show.
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American Music Awards: Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Perform "Side to Side"
Yahoo News - 3 months
The performance marks their second AMA duet performance together.
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Nicki Minaj Just Dissed Donald Trump In 'Black Barbie' Remix
Huffington Post - 3 months
Nicki Minaj just dropped a remix of Rae Sremmurd’s hit song “Black Beatles,” and there’s one particular line that definitely stands out: a Donald Trump diss.  On Tuesday, the Trinidadian rapper posted a Soundcloud link to her “Black Barbies” remix on her Twitter: now ga head & getcho mthafkn life #BlackBarbies BLACK BARBIES — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 15, 2016 Minaj spends most of the song doing what she does best ― detailing all the reasons she’s a boss ― before rapping at the 1:30 mark:  “Island girl, Donald Trump want me to go home. Still pull up with my wrist looking like a snow cone.” Later, she adds, “Now praying all ma foreigns don’t get deported.” It’s subtle shade toward the new president-elect, who many feel will spell bad news for immigrants, the LGBTQ community, women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.  While Minaj included a few digs at Trump, she said on Twitter that the remix ...
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On Taylor Swift And Whether Famous People Owe Us Their Politics
Huffington Post - 4 months
A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Jul 5, 2016 at 11:24am PDT You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. Here we are: just days away from the election, and stress levels on both sides are at an all-time high. Emails are leaking, polls are going up and down, Donald Trump is still Donald Trump. It’s not a great spot to be in.  In times of confusion and chaos, some are relying on what celebrities have to say to assuage their fears that the United States will become a flaming dumpster fire on Nov. 8. We want the same people who uplift and inspire us through acting and song to do the same on the political scene, lack of political experience and know-how be damned.  And they have. To name a few, Miley Cyrus has popped up in Virginia to campaign for Hillary Clinton, while Anne Hathaway showed up in Pennsylvania to stump for the Democrat ...
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Laverne Cox Serves Up Nicki Minaj Fierceness In 'Lip Sync Battle' Clip
Huffington Post - 4 months
Laverne Cox is set to appear on Wednesday’s episode of “Lip Sync Battle,” and judging by the first clip, she’s feeling herself.  The actress is seen lip-syncing to Nicki Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge,” and it’s all kinds of fierce. Dressed in a sheer bodysuit with black short shorts, Cox hair-whips and high kicks her way through the performance. In short, it’s amazing.  The 32-year-old star will face off against her “Orange Is the New Black” co-star Samira Wiley ― who chose “O.P.P.” by Naughty by Nature ― this Wednesday.  Who do you think will take home the win? “Lip Sync Battle” airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on Spike.   CORRECTION: We misidentified the song and artist Samira Wiley chose to lip sync in an earlier version of this post. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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If You Choose To Wear Blackface On Halloween, You're Just Plain Racist
Huffington Post - 4 months
It happens every Halloween, like clockwork. Some clueless white person, whether it be a famous actress like Julianne Hough or an Alabama schoolteacher from a small town, wears a costume that includes blackface. It goes viral. The internet is outraged. Explainers pop up about why blackface is not OK, ever. Apologies and pseudo-apologies (”I’m sorry that you’re offended”) are issued.  At this point, it has been thoroughly established on nearly every corner of the internet that blackface is bad. The history of blackface, with its roots in racist minstrel shows, has been outlined. The racist implications of blackface, the way it stereotypes, exaggerates and demeans black features, has been explained. In other words, the information is out there. It’s all over Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds. Therefore, anyone who willfully chooses to don blackface (and other culturally appropriative costumes) this Halloween is making a concerted effort to be stubbornly ignorant.  ATTENTION: ...
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Nicki Minaj Insists She Didn't Drag Melania Trump In Political Concert Rap -- But She TOTALLY Did! Look! -
Google News - 4 months Nicki Minaj Insists She Didn't Drag Melania Trump In Political Concert Rap -- But She TOTALLY Did! Look! Just so it's on the record, Nicki Minaj has no beef with Melania Trump. At least, that's what the Super Bass songstress said after making Donald Trump's wife the butt of a politically charged rap over the weekend! Photo: Nicki Covers Marie Claire ... Nicki Minaj Talks Meeting Lauryn Hill & Postponing TV Show, Teases Upcoming Collaboration With Fetty WapBillboard Nicki Minaj Slammed Melania Trump, Then (Kind of) Apologized: 'She Seems Nice'Us Weekly Watch Nicki Minaj Bow Down to Her Hero Lauryn Hill When She Meets Her for the First TimeTIME Slate Magazine (blog) -Complex -Jezebel -BET all 117 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nicki Minaj
  • 2016
    The project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, filmed the pilot episode in Minaj’s hometown in January 2016, and production has since continued.
    More Details Hide Details Ariana Neal will play a young Minaj in the series, alongside Selita Ebanks (her mother), Wesley Jonathan (her father), and McCarrie McCausland (her older brother). Minaj's physique has attracted positive attention from the media. In 2010, she said that although she originally felt obligated to mimic the provocative behavior of the "female rappers of her day", she intended to subdue her sexuality because she "wants people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You've got to have something else to go with that." The rapper has made autographing breasts part of her movement to empower women. In a Guardian interview, Minaj said she competes with male and female rappers. In "Moment 4 Life", she refers to herself as a "king" rather than a queen. Early in her career Minaj claimed to be bisexual, but eventually she said she just did that to get attention. "I think girls are sexy, but I'm not going to lie and say that I date girls."
    In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
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  • 2015
    Minaj began dating rapper Meek Mill in early 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout her career, Minaj has won numerous awards including: six American Music Awards, ten BET Awards, seven BET Hip Hop Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, two People's Choice Awards, one Soul Train Music Award, and four Teen Choice Awards.
    In May 2015, it was announced that Minaj would feature in the third installment of the Barbershop film series, alongside Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, and other original cast members.
    More Details Hide Details Titled Barbershop: The Next Cut, the film was released on April 15, 2016 and received critical acclaim, earning an average score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Minaj's character in the film is a "sassy" hairdresser named Draya. It was announced that Minaj will executive produce and appear in a scripted single-camera comedy series for ABC Family (now Freeform) based on her life growing up in Queens, New York. The show has been titled Nicki and is scheduled to be broadcast in 2016.
    On March 30, 2015, it was announced that Minaj is a co-owner of the music streaming service Tidal.
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    At the 2015 BET Awards, Minaj won her sixth consecutive award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, becoming the female rapper with most wins in that category.
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    In March 2015, she became the first female artist to chart four songs simultaneously in the top 10 of Billboards Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart.
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    In March 2015, Minaj embarked on her third world tour entitled The Pinkprint Tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour kicked off in Europe. It is scheduled to travel to the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Dubai, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
  • 2014
    In late 2014, Minaj separated from her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels.
    More Details Hide Details Several tracks on The Pinkprint are believed to have been inspired by the end of their relationship. She also revealed she had an abortion as a teenager in her song "All Things Go".
    In December 2014, Minaj was announced as the new face of the Roberto Cavalli spring/summer 2015 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The campaign images, shot in Los Angeles by Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, see Minaj posing in flowy bohemian dresses, defined by embroideries and animal prints typical of the Cavalli brand.
    She made her fourth consecutive appearance on the list in 2014, earning U.S. $14 million from June 2013 to June 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Minaj donated $15,000 to the Food Bank For New York City and held a turkey drive at her alma mater, PS 45.
    This was followed by the launch of her third fragrance line, "Onika", in September 2014.
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    A flanker fragrance, "Minajesty: Exotic Edition", was released exclusively to the Home Shopping Network in June 2014.
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  • 2013
    Minaj was sued by Chicago artist Clive Tanaka in September 2013 for its alleged copyright infringement. Follow-up singles "Beez in the Trap" and "Right by My Side" were released shortly after. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was released on April 2, two months later than planned. The album debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 253,000 copies, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in June 2012.
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    In 2013, Minaj described her then-forthcoming third album, The Pinkprint as "a continuation of The Re-Up with a lot more" and said it would focus on her "hip-hop roots".
    More Details Hide Details During an MTV interview, she said that her third album would be "next level" and have "much to talk about": "I'm really excited and the people that have been working with me now, have been people that I haven't worked with before so it's like they're bringing a new sound to the album that I've never experimented with." "Pills n Potions" was released as the lead single from The Pinkprint in May 2014. "Anaconda" was released in August as the second single, peaking at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. The video set a 24-hour Vevo record, accumulating 19.6 million views on its first day of release, breaking the record previously held by Miley Cyrus for "Wrecking Ball". The album was officially released on December 15, 2014, peaking at number-two on the Billboard 200 chart. In support of the album, Minaj embarked on her third international concert tour entitled The Pinkprint Tour.
    Minaj's first live-action theatrical film The Other Woman was filmed in spring 2013 and premiered on April 25, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details She played Lydia, assistant to Carly (played by Cameron Diaz).
    Her seven nominations led those for rap musicians at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and she was the first rapper to win the BET Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award four consecutive times.
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    Tensions escalated after Carey said that Minaj did not have a number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 during a live broadcast in May 2013, to which Minaj responded in a series of "extremely harsh" tweets directed at the singer.
    More Details Hide Details Minaj and Carey left the series that month, at the end of the season. That year Minaj was the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with 44 entries.
    Her second fragrance line, Minajesty, was launched in September 2013.
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    In June 2013, Minaj lead an ad campaign for Myx Fusions, a fruit-infused, single serve moscato wine beverage of which she is a part owner.
    More Details Hide Details Minaj has a prominent fragrance line, which was launched in September 2012. She partnered with 'Give Back Brands' to introduce her first fragrance, Pink Friday. A "Pink Friday: Special Edition" was released in April 2013. A deluxe edition version of the fragrance, titled "Pink Friday: Deluxe Edition", was also launched in December 2013.
    She partnered with Beats Electronics to introduce her "Pink Pill" speakers in April 2013, appearing with DeRay Davis in a commercial for the speakers that same month.
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    In February 2013, Bluewater Comics announced that Minaj would star in the Fame biographical-comic series, debuting in Fame: Nicki Minaj.
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    Early 2013, Minaj fronted the Viva Glam campaign by herself, which included the introduction of "Nicki 2 lipstick and lip gloss".
    More Details Hide Details She also introduced the "Nicki Minaj Collection" clothing line for Kmart, composed of clothing, accessories and housewares.
    In 2013 Minaj introduced a more "natural" look, including less-colorful makeup and wigs, during later episodes of American Idol to be taken more seriously.
    More Details Hide Details Minaj is known for her animated rapping style, her flow in particular. She often combines metaphors, punch lines and word play into her work, which has been compared to her mentor Lil Wayne. The New York Times called Minaj "a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She's a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she's a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones." Although many critics describe her technique as bubblegum rap, Minaj said: "What people don't know is that before I was doing that craziness I was doing me, I was just doing regular sounding rap that anyone could hear and identify with. But once I started doing all that weird shit—I'm not mad at it because it got everyone's attention."
  • 2012
    For the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012, Minaj received three nominations, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for her debut album Pink Friday.
    More Details Hide Details Minaj received her second nomination for Best Rap Album at the 58th Grammy Awards for The Pinkprint. Minaj won the American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album in three different years for her first three albums. She has won twice MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video for "Super Bass" and "Anaconda", and one Best Female Video for "Starships" Headlining tours Opening act
    She won awards for Best Female Video (for "Starships") at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Hip-Hop at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Her collaboration with Pearl Future on the song "Looking At Me" made it to the top 20 in BBC Radio 1. An expanded version of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, subtitled The Re-Up, was released on November 19. That month, Minaj was the subject of a three-part E! documentary titled Nicki Minaj: My Truth. She announced plans for her own record label after signing Parker Ighile, Brinx, Keisha and Blackout Movement. In September Minaj joined the judges' panel for the twelfth season of American Idol with fellow new judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban and the returning Randy Jackson. That October a leaked video circulated, with Minaj and Carey in a heated argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carey accused Minaj of saying, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch", but Minaj denied the allegation. Carey said that Minaj created an "unsafe work environment", increasing her security as a result.
    Minaj began her headlining Pink Friday Tour on May 16, 2012, which was followed by the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour beginning October 14.
    More Details Hide Details Although she was scheduled to headline the June 3 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, at the request of Lil Wayne she canceled her appearance the day of the show after Peter Rosenberg of the station called "Starships" not "real hip-hop". The following month, Minaj voiced Steffie in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).
    She was the first solo female rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards, premiering "Roman Holiday" during the 2012 ceremony on February 12.
    More Details Hide Details Her exorcism-themed performance was controversial, with the American Catholic League criticizing Minaj for bringing a fake "Pope" to escort her on the red carpet. The "exorcism" scene that was performed during her appearance was criticized as well. According to the Catholic League president Bill Donohue "Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, 'Come All Ye Faithful' was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating." "Starships" was released in February 2012 as the lead single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The song reached number-five on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the fifth best-selling single of 2012. For the most part, mainstream critics didn't receive well the pop crossover move.
    Minaj and rapper M.I.A. joined Madonna to perform their single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'", on the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 6, 2012.
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    Minaj released her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in April 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The album was preceded by the promotional singles "Roman in Moscow" and "Stupid Hoe". Critics suggested that the latter song was directed at Lil' Kim, who said: "If you have to make a song called 'Stupid Hoe,' you must be a stupid hoe."
    Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, followed by supporting roles in The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016).
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol. Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List, with a The New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be "the most influential female rapper of all time".
  • 2011
    She received her first Grammy nomination in 2011 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the single "My Chick Bad" with fellow rapper Ludacris.
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    Throughout 2011–16, Minaj has received a total of 10 Grammy Award nominations.
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    Minaj has stated that after her father went to rehab and began attending church, "he got saved and started changing his life". In July 2011, Minaj's cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, which she references in her songs "Champion": "Cause they killed my little cousin, Nicholas/ But my memory's only happy images", and "All Things Go": "I lost my little cousin to a senseless act of violence".
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    Minaj has been invited to perform at fashion events; Donatella Versace invited her to perform with Prince for the introduction of a Versace collection for H&M, and she performed "Super Bass" at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
    More Details Hide Details Since her breakout with Pink Friday, Minaj has been involved in a feud with rapper Lil' Kim, who accused Minaj of copying her style. Although Minaj's "Roman's Revenge" was thought to be directed at Kim, she said she was "talking about everyone who has been in interviews talking... no one is worth being singled out. No one is worth having their name mentioned out of my mouth and they never will get that." Kim escalated the feud with her mixtape, Black Friday (2011), whose title and artwork mimic Pink Friday; a fragment from Minaj's diss track, "Tragedy", previewed that April. Their conflict sparked a feud between Minaj and rapper Foxy Brown, who said Minaj misrepresented their conversation about Kim. Brown released the diss tracks "Hold Yuh" and "Massacre" (directed at Kim and Minaj) in November 2010 and January 2011, respectively, but Brown and Minaj settled their dispute in June 2012.
    Minaj performed "Right Thru Me" and "Moment 4 Life" as the musical guest on the January 29 episode of Saturday Night Live. "Super Bass", the album's fifth single, was released in April 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified octuple-platinum in the U.S. Minaj credited the song's initial exposure to its mention by Taylor Swift, after videos of Swift and Selena Gomez rapping along to the song went viral, paving the way for Minaj's first big crossover pop moment. Minaj was one of the opening acts on Britney Spears' June 16 – August 13 Femme Fatale Tour. She and Kesha appeared on the remix of Spears' "Till the World Ends", which peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100. On August 7, 2011, Nicki experienced a "nip slip" during a live performance on Good Morning America. Minaj was criticized for wearing the low-cut shirt during her performance which led to the brief exposure of her breast on a live telecast. ABC apologized for incident. Minaj, while interviewed on ABC's Nightline show, apologized for the incident and denied that she intentionally sought to expose herself on live television as a publicity stunt. The incident soaked protest from the Parents Television Council. President of the PTC president Tim Winter stated, "the Parents Television Council has something to say about Nicki Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction this morning. For the umpteenth time in recent memory a morning news show has included inappropriate content for children and families." Winter called out Good Morning America for not using the five-second delay to prevent the broadcast of the exposure.
    Minaj has received ten Grammy nominations throughout her career, and has won six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and was the recipient of Billboard Women in Music 2011 Rising Star award.
    More Details Hide Details She has further endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics and Pepsi. She has sold 20 million singles as a lead artist, and 60 million singles as a featured artist worldwide. Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago on December 8, 1982. Her parents Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, and Carol Maraj, also a gospel singer, are Trinidadians of African heritage, with Robert additionally of Asian Indian heritage. Carol worked in payroll and accounting departments during Minaj's youth.
  • 2010
    In November 2010, Minaj assumed the alter ego Nicki Teresa, wearing a colorful headdress and calling herself "healer to her fans" during a visit to the Garden of Dreams Foundation at Fuse Studios in New York.
    More Details Hide Details She introduced another alter ego, Rosa (with an exaggerated R), to commemorate her December 2010 appearance on Lopez Tonight. For Pink Friday, Minaj created another alter ego: Roman Zolanski, "a demon inside her", Minaj's "twin brother" whose character she assumes when she is angry. Roman has been compared to Eminem's alter ego Slim Shady, and on "Roman's Revenge" Minaj and Eminem collaborate as their alter egos. On her next album, she said that there would be a lot of Roman: "And if you're not familiar with Roman, then you will be familiar with him very soon. He's the boy that lives inside of me. He's a lunatic and he's gay and he'll be on there a lot." Roman has a mother, Martha Zolanski, who appeared on "Roman's Revenge" with a British accent and singing on "Roman Holiday" for the first time. Martha appeared in the "Moment 4 Life" video as Minaj's apparent fairy godmother. Although Minaj was rapping in songs such as "All I Do Is Win (Remix)", she promised to introduce Nicki, Roman and Onika on her first album.
    Minaj released the intended lead single from her upcoming debut album, "Massive Attack" on March 29, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Plans for the single were scrapped after an underwhelming commercial performance. As a result, "Your Love" was released as the album's lead single on June 1, peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. In August Minaj announced that the album would be entitled Pink Friday, a play on "Black Friday". The following month she released "Check It Out" and "Right Thru Me" as follow-up singles. In October, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously and the first woman to appear on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List. Pink Friday was released on November 19, debuting at number-two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 375,000 copies. "Moment 4 Life" was released as the fourth single shortly after. The album was certified platinum in December, and eventually reached number-one in the United States in February 2011.
  • 2009
    After Minaj was discovered by fellow rapper Lil Wayne, in August 2009 it was reported that she signed a recording contract with his Young Money Entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details That November, she appeared with Gucci Mane and Trina on the remix of "5 Star Bitch" by Yo Gotti. Minaj also appeared on "BedRock" and "Roger That" on the compilation album, We Are Young Money (2009). The singles peaked at numbers two and 56, respectively, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; their parent album reached number-nine on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Minaj was featured on Mariah Carey's "Up Out My Face", which reached number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. At Jay-Z's suggestion, that February Robin Thicke featured Minaj on "Shakin' It 4 Daddy".
    She released her third mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, on April 18, 2009 and it received favorable coverage on BET and MTV.
    More Details Hide Details One of its tracks, "I Get Crazy", reached number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 37 on the magazine's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
    In 2009 Minaj was involved in a conflict with ego trip's Miss Rap Supreme winner Rece Steele, who was annoyed when Minaj interrupted her interview and put a sign behind Steele's head; Minaj hung up on interviewers from Spate magazine when they asked about the incident.
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  • 2008
    That year, she was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards.
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  • 2007
    Minaj released her first mixtape, Playtime is Over, on Dirty Money Records on July 5, 2007 and her second, Sucka Free, on April 12, 2008.
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    Fendi, CEO of Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment, signed Minaj to his label in 2007 under a 180-day contract.
    More Details Hide Details Originally adopting the stage name "Nicki Maraj", she changed it to Nicki Minaj stating that "My real name is Maraj. Fendi flipped it when he met me because I had such a nasty flow! I eat bitches!"
  • 2001
    After graduation, Minaj wanted to become an actress, and she was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details When her acting career failed to take off, at age 19 she worked as a waitress at Red Lobster in the Bronx, but was fired for discourtesy to customers. She said she was fired from "at least fifteen jobs" for similar reasons. She also worked as an administrative assistant, in customer service and as an office manager for a Wall Street business. Minaj briefly signed with Brooklyn group Full Force, in which she rapped in a quartet called "The Hoodstars" composed of Lou$tar (son of "Bowlegged Lou"), Safaree Samuels (Scaff Beezy) and 7even Up. In 2004 the group recorded the entrance song for WWE Diva Victoria, "Don't Mess With", which was featured on the compilation album ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol.6. Minaj left Full Force and uploaded songs on her Myspace profile, sending several of her songs to people in the music industry. At the time, she was managed by Debra Antney.
  • 1987
    Minaj's father was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and had a violent temper, burning down their house in December 1987.
    More Details Hide Details She has two siblings. As a small child, Minaj and a sibling lived with her grandmother in Saint James. Her mother, who had moved to The Bronx, New York to attend Monroe College and brought her husband six months later, brought them to Queens, New York, when Minaj was 5. By then the family had a house on West 147th Street. Minaj recalled, "I don’t think I had a lot of discipline in my household. My mom motivated me, but it wasn’t a strict household. I kind of wanted a strict household." Minaj successfully auditioned for admission to LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, which focuses on visual and performing arts.
  • 1982
    Born on December 8, 1982.
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