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Sarah Palin to be 'Today' guest co-host

Sarah Palin to be 'Today' guest co-host

NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- NBC says former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, will serve as guest co-host of the "Today" show this week.
New Madonna video to debut on 'American Idol'

New Madonna video to debut on 'American Idol'

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A sneak peek of the video for "Give Me All Your Luvin,'" the first single from pop star Madonna's next album, is to make its debut this week on "American Idol."
Nicki Minaj's cousin shot to death

Nicki Minaj's cousin shot to death

NEW YORK, July 5 (UPI) -- No arrests have been made in the New York shooting death of Nicholas Telemaque, the 27-year-old cousin of singer Nicki Minaj, TMZ said Tuesday.
'21' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

'21' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- British pop star Adele's "21" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Speak' remains atop the U.S. album chart

'Speak' remains atop the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a sixth non-consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Speak' is No. 1 on U.S. album chart

'Speak' is No. 1 on U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a fifth non-consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Speak' tops U.S. album chart again

'Speak' tops U.S. album chart again

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a second consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Speak' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

'Speak' is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Gift' tops U.S. album chart again

'Gift' tops U.S. album chart again

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Susan Boyle's "The Gift" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a fourth, non-consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Lil Wayne set for Daly's New Year's show

Lil Wayne set for Daly's New Year's show

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and My Chemical Romance are to perform on "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" in New York, the network said Monday.
'Gift' tops U.S. album chart

'Gift' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Susan Boyle's "The Gift" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
'Fantasy' tops the U.S. album chart

'Fantasy' tops the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Jay-Z up for 10 BET Hip Hop Awards

Jay-Z up for 10 BET Hip Hop Awards

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper and producer Jay-Z led the field with 10 nods when nominations for this year's BET Hip Hop Awards were announced.
Stars line up for BET Awards show

Stars line up for BET Awards show

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Eminem, Alicia Keys, Usher and T Pain have agreed to perform at the upcoming BET Awards show in Los Angeles, organizers said Thursday.
New Usher album on its way

New Usher album on its way

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- Usher Raymond IV's sixth studio album "Raymond v Raymond" is set for release in the United States, Jive Records said Monday.
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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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