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March 18, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
After being hospitalized in Los Angeles following a series of seizures last week, rapper Lil Wayne has been visited by several high-profile associates including Nicki Minaj, Drake, Birdman and basketball player Chris Paul. Birdman tweeted that the rapper “will be home real soon,” and a source close to Wayne told The Times on Friday that he was “recovering.” Another source told US Weekly that Lil Wayne's health problems could stem from his use of a popular drink combining cough syrup with codeine and other ingredients.
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April 7, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, Jennifer Lopez, YG and Trey Songz are among the acts tapped for Power 106's annual summer hip-hop concert, Powerhouse. The full lineup for the concert was announced by the radio station Monday morning. Childish Gambino, Juicy J, Sage the Gemini and Isaiah Rashad are also on the bill for the show, set for May 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Last year's lineup featured Chris Brown, Big Sean, Tyga, Future and ASAP Rocky. Minaj also popped up for a surprise set during the show.
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November 5, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Fame is a funny thing, especially when it comes to someone with such obvious talent as Nicki Minaj, whose stardom seemed assured from the start. It was only a few years ago that the superstar rapper earned her ubiquity with a string of explosive, immediately identifiable cameos.  With a whip-smart wit, fantastic verbal skills and a fluid, inventive flow, Minaj was -- and remains -- a game-changing talent in a very competitive field. She reminded women that rapping offers expressive and financial freedom, and she made talented rappers from the opposite sex sound like amateurs alongside her crazy, roller coaster rhymes and delivery.
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March 7, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A skin care specialist with a Hollywood celebrity clientele has been arrested and charged in a plot to hire a hit man to kill off a competitor who moved into her territory, authorities said. Dawn DaLuise, who owns Dawn DaLuise's Skin Refinery in West Hollywood, was arrested Wednesday and charged Friday with one count of solicitation of murder after detectives discovered an alleged plot to hire a man to kill her business rival, Gabriel Suarez, officials said. Records show Suarez operates Smooth Cheeks in the same block as DaLuise's business in the 8500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.
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October 3, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Forget catfight - the videotaped throwdown between divas Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey was more like a yappy pink Chihuahua going 100% at a Great Dane. The two new "American Idol" judges, with fellow newbie Keith Urban trapped at the table between them, reportedly went at it near the end of the day in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday after a disagreement about a contestant's audition. Sound on the video , obtained by TMZ, is difficult to understand clearly, but according to the website's transcript , a pink-haired Minaj rails against Carey over alleged insults, resume-touting and more while the elder diva bemoans her co-judge's immaturity and the fact that the drama is keeping her from her kids.
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May 30, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Hey, in case it wasn't yet clear: "American Idol" is undergoing a major overhaul. Reports have long been swirling that the judges panel would be getting wiped out after another season of dipping ratings and to save costs amid ballooning salaries for top-tier judges. Now everything seems to be coming to fruition. First, veteran judge Randy Jackson announced his departure from the long-running reality series. Then came official confirmation that Mariah Carey would be leaving.
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April 7, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q, Jennifer Lopez, YG and Trey Songz are among the acts tapped for Power 106's annual summer hip-hop concert, Powerhouse. The full lineup for the concert was announced by the radio station Monday morning. Childish Gambino, Juicy J, Sage the Gemini and Isaiah Rashad are also on the bill for the show, set for May 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Last year's lineup featured Chris Brown, Big Sean, Tyga, Future and ASAP Rocky. Minaj also popped up for a surprise set during the show.
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May 15, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Could Nicki Minaj be the next to leave the struggling "American Idol?" It appears so according to a report in Us Weekly. Citing unnamed sources, the magazine says Minaj won't be back on "Idol" when it returns for its 13th season. Instead, the singer will be focusing on her next album, touring and endorsements. This report comes just days after longtime "Idol" judge Randy Jackson announced that the show's 12th season would be his last. PHOTOS: 'American Idol' judges through the years Speaking to reporters Monday in advance of the Fox network's presentation to advertisers, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said that all of "Idol's" judges were welcome back, but that "everything at this point is on the table.
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October 3, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Well, so much for playing nice. “American Idol” has barely gotten underway and a purported feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj -- they've both denied the beef -- has become a full-blown diva showdown, as seen in video leaked by TMZ on Tuesday evening. In the clip, Minaj and Carey are in a heated argument that reportedly derailed auditions in Charlotte, N.C. PHOTOS: 'Idol' judges through the years There's plenty of swearing and shouting in the clip, so it's hard to fully decipher the argument.
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September 16, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Following weeks of speculation, Fox has made it official: Pop star Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban will join Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson as "American Idol" judges. The move comes as "Idol" gets ready to start auditions in New York on Sunday for Season 12, which will premiere in January on Fox. The field is crowded: Earlier this week, singing-show rivals "The X Factor" and "The Voice" opened to relatively soft ratings, with the former losing nearly one-third of its audience compared with last year.
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February 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It's turning into mea culpa week, first with Drake apologizing for his tweet complaining about being replaced on the cover of Rolling Stone by Philip Seymour Hoffman following the actor's death, and now Nicki Minaj humbling herself for using an image of Malcolm X in conjunction with her new song that invokes the N-word. “I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued,” she said on Instagram in reference to her coupling of the song's title, "Lookin Ass N - ," with a 1964 Ebony magazine photo showing the black activist leader looking out a window while clutching an M-1 rifle.
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January 15, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“American Idol” has done the unthinkable: It's gone back to basics. After years of trying to find its mojo with high profile judges and format switches, the aging singing franchise has dialed it down for its latest season, which premieres Wednesday and Thursday. Last season proved to be a disaster for the one-time ratings and talent juggernaut. Ratings hit a record low and the talent -- as fierce as some contestants were -- took a backseat to the petulant behavior between superstar judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
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January 13, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
If the last season of "American Idol" proved to be an eyeball ping-pong experience while watching the animosity between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey percolate, then the forthcoming season might come as a relief to the optical nerves. The latest judging trio lineup - Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. - like to look at one another when speaking, as evident at the show's panel Monday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour, poking fun and having some laughs in the process.
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November 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Mariah Carey didn't hold back about her true feelings regarding her "American Idol" hosting gig. So much for "The Art of Letting Go. " The pop icon unleashed quite a bit of vitriol during a Tuesday interview with New York's Hot 97 host Angie Martinez . Carey didn't refer by name to her former co-judges - Nicki Minaj or Keith Urban - but did liken the whole experience to being "in hell with Satan. " Basically, she didn't like it one bit. PHOTOS: 'Idol' judges through the years "Honestly, I hated it," the 43-year-old said.
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November 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Mariah Carey didn't dance around the issue when asked about her time on "American Idol. " During a recent radio appearance, the singer said her time as a judge on the show was like "going to work every day in hell with Satan. " Carey appeared on "The Angie Martinez Show" on New York radio station Hot 97 on Tuesday and was asked, "Did you like [working on 'American Idol']?" Carey's response: "Honestly? I hated it. ... Here's what I was led to believe. I was the first person signed on. ... I thought it was going to be a three-person panel.
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November 6, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When M.I.A. flipped the bird during her Super Bowl performance last year alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj, there was the typical water cooler outrage, which led the news cycle for a few days before some other pop star grabbed our attention. But the battle between the politically charged Sri Lankan rapper and the NFL raged on as the two have been at odds. Earlier this year news broke that the conflict between M.I.A. and the league had gotten quite messy and now she's finally speaking out about it.  The league had been reportedly pursuing a $1.5-million fine and a public apology from M.I.A.
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November 20, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Nicki Minaj took a break from her usual fashion escapades to make another kind of sartorial statement in her latest music video (warning: explicit lyrics) for the single "Freedom" off her album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up. " In the video Minaj wears a crown of thorns and a long black dress, making a comparison to Jesus Christ. [ MTV ] Leslie Mann, wife of funnyman screenwriter Judd Apatow wears Gucci on the December cover of Marie Claire. Mann broke her toe on the shoot after attempting to jump for the photographer to get her dress to billow.
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September 23, 2012 | Matt Cooper
CBS This Morning Kevin Frazier; Billy Gardell; author Harlan Coben. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Carol Burnett; Viola Davis; Ashanti; chef Shea Gallante; Maggie Gyllenhaal. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Steven Tyler. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Regis Philbin. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Maggie Gyllenhaal; Billy Gardell; Emmy Awards; Dog Week. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Guest co-host Gabby Douglas; Nicki Minaj; Carol Burnett, Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence.
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September 20, 2013 | By August Brown
The politically volatile singer M.I.A. has never shied away from a fight, but now she's taking on a particularly imposing American institution -- the NFL. During her 2012 Super Bowl performance alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj, cameras briefly captured M.I.A. raising her middle finger at the cameras. There was a minor hubbub, and you probably forgot about it within days (if not seconds). The NFL, it seems, was less quick to forget. As new documents published in the Hollywood Reporter show, the league has quietly been pursuing a $1.5-million fine and a public apology from M.I.A.
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September 3, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day, but you can rest easy knowing Fox has officially confirmed the once-again-updated judges panel for "American Idol. " Keith Urban will be the sole returning judge from last season's panel. He'll be joined by "Idol" hanger-on Jennifer Lopez, who had been a judge on the series in 2011 and 2012 and returned as a guest performer last season, and by former "Idol" mentor Harry Connick Jr., whom the Hollywood Reporter identified as the third member of the jury over the weekend.
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