- NAME: Nicki Minaj
- OCCUPATION: Rapper
- BIRTH DATE: December 08, 1982 (Age: 30)
- EDUCATION: La Guardia High School of Music and Art
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
- Originally: Onika Tanya Maraj
- AKA: Nicki Minaj
- AKA: Onika Maraj
- AKA: "Cookie"
- AKA: "Harajuku Barbie"
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj was featured in seven songs on Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time, even before the release of her debut album in 2010.
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Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki Minaj's family moved to Queens, where she attended La Guardia High School. She was introduced to rapper Lil Wayne, who signed her to Young Money Entertainment and launched her career.
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Later that year, however, Minaj apparently got her wish when it announced as one of the newest cast members of American Idol. The singer signed on as part of the show's judging panel. It didn't take long before the fireworks began between her and fellow judge Mariah Carey. The pair seemed to take an instant dislike to each other,
and openly feuded during the show's early auditions.
Television viewers got to see the two square off against each other once the show's twelfth season began airing in early 2013. Minaj and Carey got into an argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Minaj later storming off stage. Carey later claimed that Minaj threatened her with physical harm and decided to hire extra security as a result, according to the New York Daily News.
Minaj has also been critical of the show, tweeting that American Idol "is NOT a singing competition."
One of rap and dance music's rising stars, Minaj reached a national audience with her 2012 Super Bowl appearance. She performed alongside pop superstar Madonna in the game's popular halftime show. A short time later, Minaj released the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The record proved to be a smash hit, reaching the top of the pop, R&B and rap charts. The infectious dance song, "Starships," was the first breakout single. "Pound the Alarm" soon followed and as did "Va Va Voom."
Later that same year, Minaj released a new version of her album entitled Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded—The Re-Up. "Freedom" was its first single and it proved enormously popular with her fans.
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