Legal name: Onika Maraj
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (/mɪˈnɑːʒ/), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, she gained public notability after releasing the mixtapes Playtime is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). Minaj subsequently signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Her debut studio album Pink Friday (2010) peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and spawned the top-ten single "Super Bass". During its promotional campaign, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Minaj earned her second number-one album in the United States with her follow-up Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), in which its lead single "Starships" peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was reissued as an expanded version subtitled The Re-Up several months following its initial launch. Minaj has served as a voice actress in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012 and made her acting debut in the 2014 film The Other Woman. In 2013, Minaj appeared as a main judge on the twelfth season of American Idol. Her upcoming third studio album The Pinkprint (2014) is scheduled to be released in 2014.
Minaj is the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List, with The New York Times suggesting that some consider her "the most influential female rapper of all time". Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow, use of alter egos and accents, notably British cockney. Her outlandish and colorful costumes, wigs and clothing have given her recognition as a fashion icon. In April 2013, Minaj became the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with over 44 appearances. She has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics and Pepsi. She has earned four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, two MTV Music Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and Billboard's 2011 Rising Star award.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license