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Nicki Minaj

Born –­ December 8, 1982
St. James, Trinidad and Tobago
Birth name –­ Onika Tanya Maraj

Singer, Rapper, wig collector.

Born in a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago's capital, Port of Spain, to working-class parents.

Lived with Grandma until mom took her to New York when she was five.

Graduated from LaGuardia High, worked at Red Lobster, dreamed of becoming an actress.

Began rapping in a group called "Hoodstars," then uploaded her own music to Myspace back when Myspace was cool. CEO of Dirty Money Entertainment signed her and she changed her name from Nicki Maraj to Nicki Minaj.

Signed with Young Money Entertainment and saw commercial success with the release of her album "Pink Friday" in 2010.

Became an "American Idol" judge for the 2012 season despite some player-hatin' from the Mariah Carey camp.

LATEST STORIES
  
Skin Specialist to Stars Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot

Skin Specialist to Stars
Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot

A skin specialist who once got into an epic feud with Nicki Minaj is now in jail ... arrested for allegedly masterminding a MURDER FOR HIRE plot.Dawn DaLuise owns her own salon -- Skin Refinery… READ MORE >

Nicki Minaj Sued -- Her Hair Guy Wigs Out

Nicki Minaj
Sued Hair Guy Wigs Out

The guy who credits himself for making Nicki Minaj a bizarre spectacle is now suing the rapper, claiming she stole his wig designs and cheated him out of millions of dollars.Terrence Davidson… READ MORE >

- 54 days ago
CRAZY Grammy Party -- Cops Shut Down Meek Mill, Diddy, a Camel & a Lion

CRAZY Grammy Party
Cops Shut Down Meek Mill, Diddy ... Plus a Camel and a Lion

Cops swarmed the Grammy afterparty thrown by Meek Mill in the Hollywood Hills -- a party so wild it had more than a thousand celebs and actual WILD ANIMALS!!Meek rented out a mansion on Mulholland… READ MORE >

- 79 days ago
Nicki Minaj -- BREAST BDAY CAKE EVAHH!!

Nicki Minaj
BREAST BDAY CAKE EVAHH!!

Nicki Minaj turned 31 years old yesterday -- and she celebrated with two voluptuous helpings of BOOB CAKE!!! After arriving in a hot pink Lambo, the rapper strolled into Philippe restaurant in Bev… READ MORE >

- 128 days ago
Mariah Carey -- BLASTS 'AMERICAN IDOL' ... It Was Like Working In Hell!!!

Mariah Carey
BLASTS 'AMERICAN IDOL' It Was Like Working In Hell!!!

Mariah Carey says she HATED being a judge on "American Idol" -- claiming everyday it was like "working in hell with Satan."Carey never mentioned Nicki Minaj by name during the explosive interview… READ MORE >

- 154 days ago
What's The Big Frigin' Difference?

What's the Big Friggin'
DIFFERENCE?!

Looks can be deceiving, but don't let Nicki Minaj's changing looks distract you from the task at hand... Scour through these pics and find the subtle differences hidden inside the famous… READ MORE >

- 187 days ago
Nicki Minaj -- Massive Hit 'Starships' Is a Rip-Off ... According to Lawsuit

Nicki Minaj
Huge Hit 'Starships' Is a Rip-Off ... According to Lawsuit

Nicki Minaj's massive hit "Starships" is full-on deja vu to EDM star Clive Tanaka -- because it sounds pretty damn identical to a song he released a year before Nicki's ... and now he's suing her… READ MORE >

- 216 days ago
Nicki Minaj -- I Skated On Traffic Ticket

Nicki Minaj
I Skated On Traffic Ticket

Nicki Minaj appears to have gotten a big pass by a starstruck cop who was on the verge of writing the singer a ticket ... until the officer realized who she was about to bust.Nicki tweeted a pic… READ MORE >

- 217 days ago
Ransom to Nicki Minaj -- YOU'RE DISRESPECTFUL ... I Never Said I Wrote Your Songs

Ransom to Nicki Minaj:
YOU'RE DISRESPECTFUL I Never Said I Wrote Your Songs

Nicki Minaj completely OVERREACTED when she blasted her old friend Ransom in public this week ... so says Ransom who tells TMZ the whole beef is one giant misunderstanding. Ransom was out in NYC… READ MORE >

- 251 days ago
Nicki Minaj ANNIHILATES Rapper -- 'Get Off My Metaphorical Penis!'

Nicki Minaj
ANNIHILATES RAPPER 'Get Off My Metaphorical Penis!'

Nicki Minaj WENT BALLISTIC last night -- dropping some atomic hatred on a rapper who may have been talking smack about her ... depending on who you believe. The drama involves a rapper named… READ MORE >

- 252 days ago

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