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 >
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.
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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 >
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Nicki Minaj broke all sorts of strip club rules at a gentleman's establishment in NY last night ... when she PUT HER HANDS on the girls ... and it was awesome!!!Minaj -- along with rappers Meek… READ MORE >
Nicki Minaj BLASTED "Love & Hip Hop" star Kirk Frost for being a womanizing a-hole on national TV, and Kirk tells TMZ she was totally right to do so. A recent episode of "LHH: ATL" aired… READ MORE >