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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.
Randy Jackson confirms 'American Idol' departure

Randy Jackson confirms 'American Idol' departure

LOS ANGELES, May 10 (UPI) -- Music producer Randy Jackson says the current 12th season of the singing competition series "American Idol" will be his last as a judge.
Angie Miller eliminated from 'Idol'

Angie Miller eliminated from 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) -- Angie Miller, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Massachusetts, was eliminated during Thursday night's semifinals of "American Idol" in Los Angeles.
Report: All four judges to be fired from 'American Idol'

Report: All four judges to be fired from 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) -- None of the four judges on TV's "American Idol" will be asked to return next season, The Wrap reported Thursday.
Janelle Arthur eliminated from 'American Idol'

Janelle Arthur eliminated from 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Janelle Arthur, a 23-year-old Tennessee native, was eliminated from the singing competition series "American Idol" in Los Angeles.

Rapper Danny Brown: 'I'm the black Brad Pitt'

INDIO, Calif., April 14 (UPI) -- Detroit rapper Danny Brown joked at California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend he is "the black Brad Pitt."
Lazaro Arbos dropped from 'American Idol'; 5 female contestants left

Lazaro Arbos dropped from 'American Idol'; 5 female contestants left

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Cuban-born Lazaro Arbos was eliminated from the singing competition series "American Idol" in Los Angeles Thursday night.

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Chaz Ebert calls Roger 'courageous,' 'love of my life ... Rick Ross says he doesn't condone rape, despite suggestive song lyrics ... Burnell Taylor eliminated from 'American Idol' ... Duchess Kate Middleton says baby due in mid-July ... News from United Press International.
Burnell Taylor eliminated from 'American Idol'

Burnell Taylor eliminated from 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- Burnell Taylor, a 19-year-old aspiring singer from New Orleans, was eliminated from "American Idol."
Minaj slams 'AI' contestant on Twitter

Minaj slams 'AI' contestant on Twitter

HOLLYWOOD, March 31 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj blasted recently ousted contestant Devin Velez on Twitter, telling him to "just simply b gracious" he got the opportunity.

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'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dead at 65 ... Report: ABC's Barbara Walters to retire next year ... Devin Velez eliminated from 'American Idol' ... TNT orders reality series 'Nashville Confidential' ... News from United Press International.
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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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