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Mariah Carey equates 'American Idol' job with 'hell'

Mariah Carey equates 'American Idol' job with 'hell'

Nov. 13 (UPI) --Mariah Carey jokingly compares Nicki Minaj to Satan.
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Mariah Carey says she hated 'American Idol' job

Mariah Carey says she hated 'American Idol' job

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Pop star Mariah Carey says she hated working as a judge on "American Idol" in Los Angeles and is glad the gig is over.
Connick Jr., Lopez confirmed as 'American Idol' judges

Connick Jr., Lopez confirmed as 'American Idol' judges

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Fox officially confirmed Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez will serve on the judges panel of "American Idol" in Los Angeles next season.
'American Idol' gets another judge

'American Idol' gets another judge

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Lukasz Gottwald, a songwriter-producer known as Dr. Luke, is joining the judges' panel of "American Idol" next season, E! News reported Monday.
Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend confirms she's going back to 'Idol'

Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend confirms she's going back to 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend Casper Smart told E! News the "Jenny From the Block" singer would return as host for the 13th season of "American Idol."

Jennifer Lopez close to signing 'American Idol' deal

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez is close to signing a deal to return to "American Idol" as a judge for the reality show's 13th season, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.
Keith Urban to return as 'American Idol' judge

Keith Urban to return as 'American Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Country singer Keith Urban will be back as a judge on "American Idol" for a second season, Fox announced Thursday.
Nicki Minaj says DJ Khaled was kidding when he proposed

Nicki Minaj says DJ Khaled was kidding when he proposed

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- U.S. hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj says DJ Khaled was "just kidding" when he announced on MTV last week he wanted to marry her.
BET names Kendrick Lamar Best New Artist

BET names Kendrick Lamar Best New Artist

LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) -- Kendrick Lamar came away with the best New Artist and Male Hip Hop Artist honors Sunday night at the 2013 BET Awards in Los Angeles.
Mariah Carey confirms 'American Idol' exit

Mariah Carey confirms 'American Idol' exit

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey's representatives announced via Twitter Thursday the pop star will not return for a second season as judge on "American Idol."
Jennifer Hudson signs on as 'American Idol' judge

Jennifer Hudson signs on as 'American Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- One-time "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson has signed on to serve as a judge on the U.S. singing competition series, E! News said Friday.
Taylor Swift wins big at Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift wins big at Billboard Music Awards

LAS VEGAS, May 19 (UPI) -- Country music star Taylor Swift was named Top Artist and her CD "Red" Top Album at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas Sunday night.
Candice Glover named winner of 'American Idol'

Candice Glover named winner of 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Candice Glover, a 23-year-old singer from South Carolina, was crowned the winner of Season 12 of "American Idol" in Los Angeles Thursday night.
Keith Urban wants to return as 'Idol' judge

Keith Urban wants to return as 'Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Country music star Keith Urban says he would like to return as a judge on "American Idol" for a second season.
Report: Nicki Minaj leaving 'American Idol'

Report: Nicki Minaj leaving 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) -- Singer Nicki Minaj is leaving "American Idol" after one season on the judges' panel, UsMagazine.com said Wednesday.
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Rap singer Nicki Minaj appears backstage at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 5, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (pronounced ), is a Trinidadian hip hop and R&B recording artist and songwriter. She first saw fame when she signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment and then later Cash Money Records. She has successfully released her first debut album, which charted at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown. In Minaj's early career, she released three mixtapes, Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty. Minaj was discovered by fellow American rapper Lil Wayne and, after the three mixtapes, Minaj signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment. After signing the deal, Minaj began working on her debut album, titled Pink Friday, which charted at number-two on the US Billboard 200, kept off the top spot by Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Minaj became the first artist ever to have seven songs within the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her second single, "Your Love", reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. Minaj became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List One month after the release of Pink Friday, Minaj's album gained a Platinum certification in the United States. Minaj is known for collaborating with numerous artists and guest raps on many popular singles.

Minaj was born in 1984 in Saint James, (a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city Port of Spain). She celebrated her 26th birthday (December 8, 2010) on December 9, 2010. Her parents were of Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry and she lived in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago with her grandmother until age five, because her parents were looking for a place to live in the Queens borough of New York City at the time. Her mother would occasionally visit, and one day, when Minaj was five, her mother picked her up to move to Queens. According to Minaj, her father drank alcohol, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire.

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