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Nicki Minaj stuns fans with natural look at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Nicki Minaj stuns fans with natural look at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj stunned fans with her natural, toned-down look Sunday at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
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Nicki Minaj's mom Carol debuts her own single

Nicki Minaj's mom Carol debuts her own single

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj's mom Carol Maraj has debuted her own single, "God's Been Good."
Annie Martin
Justin Bieber will collaborate with YMCMB on new music

Justin Bieber will collaborate with YMCMB on new music

April 2 (UPI) -- Justin Bieber will collaborate with the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires team on new music.
Annie Martin
Hollywood beautician allegedly hired hitman to take out rival

Hollywood beautician allegedly hired hitman to take out rival

March 14 (UPI) -- Celebrity beautician Dawn DaLuise allegedly wanted to take out a hit on Gabriel Suarez because she thought he was cyber-stalking her.
Evan Bleier
Nicki Minaj posts no-makeup, topless photos on Instagram

Nicki Minaj posts no-makeup, topless photos on Instagram

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj took part in the recent no-makeup trend on Wednesday when she posted several photos of herself topless and makeup-free on Instagram.
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Malcolm X's daughter slams Nicki Minaj over single promo

Malcolm X's daughter slams Nicki Minaj over single promo

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Singer Nicki Minaj has apologized for using an image of U.S. civil rights-era icon Malcolm X to promote her new single, "Lookin [expletives]."
Nicki Minaj responds to uproar over Malcolm X cover art

Nicki Minaj responds to uproar over Malcolm X cover art

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The cover art for "Lookin A** N***a" featured a photograph of Malcolm X.
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Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann seek revenge in 'The Other Woman' trailer

Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann seek revenge in 'The Other Woman' trailer

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Kate Upton's cleavage takes center stage in the trailer for the upcoming comedy.
Kate Stanton
Connick Jr. says he really likes his 'Idol' co-stars

Connick Jr. says he really likes his 'Idol' co-stars

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Actor and musician Harry Connick Jr. says he and his fellow "American Idol" judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are getting along very well.

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Nicki Minaj wasn't Mariah Carey's 'Idol' Satan, Nick Cannon says

Nicki Minaj wasn't Mariah Carey's 'Idol' Satan, Nick Cannon says

Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Nick Cannon says Mariah Carey disappointed with "American Idol" experience, not just judge panel.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
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.
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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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