Nicki Minaj (born Onika Tanya Maraj 08.12.1984) is an American rapper known for her singles 'Super Bass' and 'Anaconda' and her acting appearances in 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' and 'The Other Woman'.
Net worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Nicki Minaj has a net worth of 50 million USD.
Childhood: Nicki Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, to parents of African and Indian decent. At the age of 5, Minaj moved to the suburb of Jamaica in Queens, New York. Here, Minaj studied at Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School, before graduating from LaGuardia High School.
At the age of 19, she was fired from a job at Red Lobster in the Bronx for rudeness towards customers. She supposedly was fired from a further fifteen jobs for similar reasons.
Career: Nicki Minaj began creating mixtapes at an early age, some of which went on to be featured in 'XXL' - a hip-hop magazine. In 2008, she was awarded Female Artist of the Year by the Underground Music Awards. The following year, Minja released a mixtape entitled 'Beam Me Up Scotty', which was received well by critics at BET and MTV. In April 2010, Minaj released her debut single, 'Massive Attack', which was produced by Sean Garrett who features on the single with Alex Da Kid. A music video was made, directed by Hype Williams.
'Massive Attack' may have been Minaj's debut single, but the first single for her debut album was 'Your Love', which peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Hot 100 list. Minaj officially announced that her debut album was entitled 'Pink Friday' soon after, and the album was set for release in November 2010. A month beforehand, Minaj became the first female rapper to have seven songs in the Billboard 200 list.
'Pink Friday' was released on 19th November 2010, debuting at the number two spot on Billboard's 200 list, before later making it to the number one spot. Minaj used the name of her alter-ego, Roman Zolanski, in her second studio album. 'The Pink Print: Roman Reloaded', was released on 2nd April 2012 and debuted at the number one spot on Billboard's 200.
The album divided critics, receiving only moderate reviews, mainly due to the mix of rap and dance-pop. Minaj announced that for her 2014 third album, she would focus entirely on rap, and leave the pop out of it. On 12th December 2014, Nicki Minaj released 'The Pinkprint', which once again debuted at the number two spot on Billboard's 200.
The album received generally positive reviews, with many critics stating that it was Minaj's best album. Other critics cited the more vulnerable portions of the album as a tremendous let-down. Minaj then revealed that she planned to begin a promotional tour in support of the album in March 2015.
Personal Life: Nicki Minaj identifies herself as a Christian after her father attended rehab and became one himself. Minaj has also been cited as a supposed bisexual, however she has revealed that she does not wish to be labelled, and instead wants to make the hip-hop community more welcoming of non-heterosexual people.
In one of her songs, Minaj makes reference to an abortion she had at a young age, while in another, she references the death of her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was murdered in Brooklyn in 2011.
Nicki Minaj works up a sweat with her new pal.
Ariana Grande was joined by rap queen Nicki Minaj in a gym-based performance of the former's newest track 'Side to Side' at the 2016 MTV VMAs on Sunday (August 28th 2016), where they did a choreographed SoulCycle routine which turns out to have been a teaser for the brand new video.
Ariana Grande unveils 'Side By Side' video
The performance featured Minaj in curve-hugging pink Latex, muscular backing singers with dumbbells and scantily clad dancers on exercise bikes. Meanwhile, the Hannah Lux-directed new video had much of the same thing complete with sexy sauna and shower scenes and Ariana Grande in various outfits from a white sports bra and a shocking pink leotard to a PVC trenchcoat and Guess sportswear. As part of the single and video release, Grande has collaborated with Guess to release a range of gym-wear inspired by the video itself.
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The single is from her third album 'Dangerous Woman', which she released back in May reaching number one in the UK Album Charts. The album also features the singles 'Focus' and 'Into You', as well as the title track. She'll be promoting the release with a tour later this year, details of which are yet to be announced.
It's the first time Ariana Grande has teamed alongside Nicki Minaj, but the latter has been making a lot of guest appearances this year. She joined Bebe Rexha on 'No Broken Hearts', DJ Mustard and Jeremih on 'Don't Hurt Me' and DJ Khaled on 'Do You Mind'.
Meanwhile, aside from promoting 'Dangerous Woman', Ariana has been launching various business ventures this year. Debuting her Mac Cosmestics collection, releasing her second fragrance 'Frankie by Ariana Grande' and unveiling her first fashion line with Lipsy London. This year she also hosted 'Saturday Night Live', appeared in 'Zoolander 2' and signed on to star as Penny in 'Hairspray Live!' on NBC.
Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Idris Elba and Ariana Grande also made the cut
Nicki Minaj has appeared in TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world alongside Kendrick Lamar, Adele and Idris Elba. The rap star’s entry was introduced by her former mentor Lil Wayne, who gave the star her first break by signing her to his Young Money imprint.
Nicki Minaj has proved to be a very influential rapper
Figures that also appeared on the list included Pope Francis, Tim Cook and Caitlyn Jenner.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Makes Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential List
Born in Trinidad and raised in Queens, 33-year-old pop sensation Nicki Minaj made her movie acting debut as Cameron Diaz's sassy assistant in The Other Woman.
Nicki Minaj is back on-screen in Barbershop: The Next Cut, the third in the comedy franchise starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer.
"We wanted a new face in the barbershop," says Ice Cube, who also produced the film. "We're unisex now, and have a beauty shop alongside the barbershop!"
Nicki plays a hairdresser in the movie
Continue reading: Barbershop: The Next Cut Nicki Minaj
The former touring partners could be joining forces again
Britney Spears is ready to release a new single
HollywoodLife.com has reported that the former touring partners are joining forces for a new single and a new video.
Continue reading: Is Nicki Minaj Collaborating On Britney Spears' Next Single?
Minaj had a slightly stand-offish attitude about her relationship with Meek Mill when she was interviewed on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' this week.
Nicki Minaj has tried to clear up some misconceptions about her relationship status in a new TV interview, hinting that she is still engaged to Meek Mill but that wedding bells may not be featuring in her immediate future.
The ‘Anaconda’ rapper, 33, has previously been reported as ‘begging’ her rapper beau to stop referring to her as his fiancée in public. Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday (April 7th) about her ‘engagement’ ring, she revealed that she has two diamond rings from him, but neither is actually the real deal in terms of getting married.
Nicki Minaj spoke a bit more about her relationship with 'fiance' Meek Mill
Nicki Minaj spoke about her hopes for family and marriage in the future, as well as how her fourth album is coming along.
The 33 year old R&B star is confident that he’s the one, but told Nylon magazine in a new interview for next month’s cover issue that he’s not yet popped her the question. This is despite Minaj herself triggering the engagement rumours over the last year by being repeatedly photographed wearing eye-catching diamond rings on her wedding finger.
Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill pictured at the 2015 BET Awards
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Talks Marriage, Children And New Music
Meek Mill was recently sentenced to 90 days' house arrest, and 50 Cent criticised his handling of his various beefs with other rappers.
Meek Mill’s war of words with 50 Cent has been reignited with a vengeance, with the latter describing Meek as a “special kind of stupid” during a new radio interview in response to the troubled rapper’s diss at him in his track ‘Gave ‘Em Hope’ last month.
Fiddy became embroiled in Meek’s well-publicised feud with Drake in July last year, and has continued to poke fun at the young rapper, who was recently sentenced to 90 days’ house arrest for violating his parole in relation to a 2009 drugs & guns case.
50 Cent called Meek Mill "really not that bright" in a new radio interview
Continue reading: 50 Cent Calls Meek Mill "A Special Kind Of Stupid" Over His Feuds
The rapper will not be able to work on his music during the period.
Nicki Minaj’s rumoured fiancé rapper Meek Mill has avoided jail time after a parole violation. Mill was sentence to 90 days house arrest on Friday, after violating probation for the fourth time in eight years, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Meek Mill has been sentenced to 90 days of house arrest.
Mill, real name Robert Williams, will spend 90 days under house arrest, where he will not be able to work on his music and can only leave his house to do community service work for organisations with adults. He will also wear an ankle monitoring bracelet during that time.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaja's Boyfriend Meek Mill Sentenced To 90 Days House Arrest
During her ride along with James Corden, Adele belted out the Spice Girls and gave a word perfect rendition of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Monster’ rap.
James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment from the ‘Late Late Show’ never fails to disappoint, but this week he truly brought out the big guns when he was joined by Adele for an in-car sing-a-long. While Adele belted out some of her own classic hits, what was even more impressive was how good she proved to be at rapping and showing her girl power.
During the journey Adele spoke about being a huge Spice Girls fan back in the day (weren’t we all), adding, ‘It was a huge moment in my life when they came out. It was girl power, and it was these five ordinary girls who did so well and got out.”
Nick Minaj has become engaged in a very NSFW twitter feud with the reality star.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has started her first twitter feud of 2016, after sharing her thoughts on ‘Teen Mom’s’ Farrah Abraham. The beef kicked off on Sunday when Minaj was watching the MTV reality series and criticised Abraham’s relationship with her mother.
Nicki Minaj is now feuding with ‘Teen Mom’s’ Farrah Abraham.
‘Farrah is a c--- to her mother,’ Minaj wrote. Then when a fan replied referencing a recent episode in which Abraham’s 6-year-old daughter, Sophia slapped her mother, Minaj retweeted the message and wrote ‘she was like bitch go do some porn & leave gramma alone’.
Nicki Minaj - Nicki Minaj Rings in 2016 with Exclusive Dria's LIVE Performance at Drai's Nightclub Las Vegas on 12-31-15 at Drai's Nightclub - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Thursday 31st December 2015
Nicki Minaj - 1 Oak Nightclub hosts Fun-Oak Halloween Soiree with special guest Nicki Minaj at The Mirage Hotel and Casino at 1 Oak Nightclub at the Mirage Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 30th October 2015
Date of birth
8th December, 1982
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