November 5, 2012 |
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.
May 30, 2013 |
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.
April 7, 2014 |
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.
May 15, 2013 |
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.
October 3, 2012 |
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.
September 16, 2012 |
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.