Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (/ m ɪ ˈ n ɑː ʒ /), is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer-songwriter, and actress. Dubbed as the "Queen of Rap" by several media outlets, Minaj is one of the most influential and best selling female rap artists of all time, with 137 million records sold worldwide.
Minaj was also featured with Kesha on a remix of Britney Spears' song "Till the World Ends". Nicki Minaj has been instrumental in challenging the patriarchal norms of the music industry, as a Black female rapper. Additionally, in Nicki Minaj's early career she used sexuality as a way to gain fans and relate to audiences.
Trinidadian-born rapper and singer Nicki Minaj has been featured in eighty-nine music videos (fifty-five as a lead artist and fifty-one as a featured artist), nine commercials, and four documentaries.
Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj has embarked on three concert tours, all of which have been worldwide. Her 2012 debut, Pink Friday Tour, which was worldwide and supported her first and second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, received favorable reviews from music critics.DateEventCityPerformed song (s)November 11, 2018Barker Hangar Santa Monica California" Good Form ", " Dip " with TygaNovember 4, 2018Bizkaia Arena, Barakaldo, Basque Country, ..."Good Form", " Woman Like Me " with ...August 20, 2018" Majesty ", " Ganja Burn ", " Barbie ...June 24, 2018" Chun-Li ", " Rich Sex "
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"Only" peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, giving Nicki Minaj her fourth number one on the latter chart and making her the only female rap artist to do so. The song was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 58th Grammy Awards. The song was supported with the release of both a lyric video and an official video. The lyric vide
During an interview with Capital Xtra in June 2013, Minaj stated that she hoped Drake would be making an appearance on the album continuing to say "We're supposed to meet up this week to get some stuff crack-a-ling in the studio. I think there'll be another feature on the album that will blow people away. I'm super excited about that too, but it's obviously a secret!". On October 26, 2014, Minaj posted the single cover on Instagram, informing fans that this would be the third single off her upco
Speaking to Revolt in November 2019, Minaj's sound engineer Big Juice recalled how Minaj reacted after they received Chris Brown's vocals for the chorus: "I remember when we did 'Only' and got the Chris Brown vocals back for that. She was jumping up and screaming, 'This is a fucking hit'."
"Only" debuted at number 54 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number 12 on the chart. On the week ending December 14, 2014 the song rose from number ten to one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, giving the artist her fourth number one, in doing so Minaj became the only
Minaj released a lyric music video for the song in early November 2014, premiering close to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with visualisations inspired by the Nazi Regime and the work of Leni Riefenstahl. There was immediate backlash from fans, calling the video anti-semitic and insensitive. Many fans expressed their outrage on social media websites like Twitter and Tumblr.
The accompanying music video for "Only", which was directed by Hannah Lux Davis, premiered on December 12, 2014. The video opens with an injured man lying on the floor in what appears to be a chamber. He is then taken to room were many other tortured men are tied up in a room. The video then cuts to Minaj who is wearing black-feathered lingerie. She raps, wearing a sheer getup and sky-high platform heels. Minaj and Drake stand side by side while Minaj dons what looks like a black lace wedding ve
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- October 28, 2014
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"Bed" is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj from her fourth studio album, Queen. It was released as the third song and second official single from the album following "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz" on June 14, 2018, by Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records. The song was produced by Ben Billions, Beats Bailey, Supa Dups, and Messy; and features guest vocals by American singer Ariana Grande. It marks the fourth collaboration between the two. Commercially, the song peaked at
The two artists collaborated on "Bang Bang" and "Get On Your Knees" in 2014. Ariana Grande released "Side to Side" featuring Nicki Minaj as the third single of her studio album Dangerous Woman. It peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first top-five single from the album in the chart. In May 2018, Grande revealed via Twitter that Minaj called her in the morning and recorded what would be their next musical collaboration. On June 4, Grande replied to a follower on the sa
"Bed" was written by Minaj with LunchMoney Lewis, Mescon David Asher, Supa Dups, Brett Bailey, and Ben Diehl, while its production was done by the latter three alongside Messy. The track is three minutes and nine seconds long. It is a downtempo-inspired pop ballad. It employs a minimalist, tropical-infused instrumental, that was noted to be similar to Troye Sivan's "Dance to This". According to Spin, the song is about escaping to be intimate with a lover, with a third verse about oral sex. It re
Joshua Copperman of Spin called the song "charming", "raunchy", and "forceful", and described the instrumental as "cloudy but decidedly pretty". He found it nearly identical to Troye Sivan's "Dance to This", which is "danceable" in opposite to "Bed" which "buries its groove in pure atmosphere". Mitch Findlay of HotNewHipHop said the song is "a breezy addition to Queen, an obligatory radio effort, tailor made for summer play." He adds that the track "serves as intimate companion piece to "Rich Se
"Bed" debuted at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after a full week of tracking, with 19,000 downloads sold and 12 million streams. The song became Minaj's 91st entry on the chart, extending her record for most Hot 100 visits among women and tying James Brown for the seventh-best sum overall. It fell 24 positions to number 67 in its second week. In its fourth week, it rose to number 48, and later reached a peak of number 42 after her album Queen was released.
On June 14, 2018, Minaj and Grande shared a 15-second video teaser for "Bed" via their Twitter accounts. It shows the two artists in a pool, lounging around in a foam bath. On June 19, Minaj posted another one-minute preview of the music video on YouTube. On July 4, she revealed
The music video opens with Minaj playing as a mermaid on the ocean shore. With the sun glistening on her body, she flaunts her curvy assets and green hair. She then retires to the bedroom in "sexy" lingerie as she rolls around in a mattress, before hitting the beach with Grande f
On July 5, 2018, when the behind-the-scenes video for the song was released, rapper Azealia Banks posted a series of tweets criticizing Minaj for wearing a mermaid tail in the video. Banks suggested that Minaj stole that idea from her own aquatic-themed concepts dating back to he
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The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song also peaked within the top ten in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Colin Tilley directed an accompanying video for the song, which was released on August 19, 2014. Following the video's release, it broke the 24-hour streaming record on Vevo by accumulating 19.6 million views in its first day of release, which Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" later surpassed in 2015. In 2021, Anaconda became first music v
On August 5, 2014, producer Polow da Don claimed the "Anaconda" instrumental was originally intended for rapper and musician Missy Elliott, but was scrapped and then re-recorded by Minaj. However, on August 24, 2014, Elliott revealed to fans and followers via her Twitter account that Polow's recollections were untrue and additionally confirmed that she never received the alleged instrumental. The cover art for the single went viral on the web after being revealed. On various digital music stores
In the United States, the song debuted at No. 3 on the Digital Songs chart selling 141,000 digital downloads in its first week. Additionally, as Minaj shares lead credit on "Bang Bang," which was No. 2 on that same chart in the same week, Minaj became the first lead act to have two concurrent songs in the top three of the chart since Taylor Swift did it on the list dated September 22, 2012. On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at No. 19, marking Minaj's 51st Hot 100 entry and subsequently
A music video for the track was shot in Los Angeles, California by Colin Tilley and was released on August 19, 2014. The video features a cameo appearance by fellow rapper and labelmate Drake. The video broke the 24-hour streaming record on Vevo by accumulating 19.6 million views in its first day of release, beating the 19.3 million 24-hour record previously held by Miley Cyrus for the music video of her song, "Wrecking Ball", in 2013. On August 30, 2014, eleven days after the release of the mus
On 24 August 2014, Minaj first performed the song live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. The performance followed Ariana Grande's individual performance of her single "Break Free" and was followed by a performance of Jessie J, Grande, and Minaj's joint single "Bang Bang." On September 9, 2014, Minaj performed the song live at Fashion Rocks. On September 19, 2014, Minaj performed the song at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival. On November 9, 2014, Minaj performed "Anaconda" at the 2014 MTV Eur
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- August 4, 2014
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The Pinkprint Tour was the third concert tour by Trinidadian recording artist Nicki Minaj in support of her third studio album, The Pinkprint. The tour was officially announced a week before the album's release, on December 8, 2014. The tour began on March 16, 2015, in Stockholm, Sweden and concluded on August 23, 2015, in Wantagh, New York, finishing with a total of fifty shows over the span of 5 months. The first European leg of the tour was supported by Trey Songz and Ester Dean and received
In August 2014, when promoting "Anaconda", Minaj confirmed plans of a tour in support of The Pinkprint in an interview with Carson Daly on AMP Radio. When speaking of the tour, Minaj said, "We’re actually going to start the tour at the top of 2015, we’re going to start a European run and then we will back in America for a summer run." Also in the interview, Minaj hinted at a special guest joining her on tour by saying, "I can’t wait for them to find out who I’m going on tour with. I ...
When speaking of the tour on the day of its announcement, Minaj said, "It's been way too long since I've seen my European Barbz. I can't wait to get back and party with all of you with Trey Songz. We have more than a few surprises in store, and I promise this will be my biggest and best tour yet!"
Throughout the tour, Minaj has incorporated multiple outfits into the show that correlate with the major themes of The Pinkprint. The show usually consists of four major outfits, each of which stylistically represent different segments of the show. For the first section of the show, Minaj is dressed in black lingerie covered with a black polka dot mesh catsuit, and is supported by an all female group of dancers who are also dressed in solid black mesh catsuits. The second section of the show see
The European leg of the tour received mixed to positive reviews throughout the duration of its run. In review of the show in London, England, Nick Levine from NME praised Minaj's overall performance throughout the night. Levine noted that the beginning of the show "seemed detache
Shortly after the tickets for the North American leg of the tour went on sale, Forbes reported outstandingly positive ticket sales with high ticket prices on the secondary markets. Jesse Lawrence from the business magazine reported that the average ticket price accumulated to a total of $194 per ticket on the secondary market. Lawrence noted that the price of the tickets on the secondary market were 24.4% more expensive than the tickets on the secondary market for her previous tour, the Pink Fri
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"Super Bass" is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj from the deluxe version of her debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010). It was sent to US rhythmic radio stations as the album's fifth single on Tuesday April 5, 2011.