Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
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Minaj performing in Atlanta in 2015
Born Onika Tanya Maraj
(1982-12-08) December 8, 1982 (age 35)
Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
Residence Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • model
  • actress
Years active 2004–present
Home town Queens, New York, New York, U.S.
Net worth $75 million (July 2017) [1]
Musical career
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Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), [3] known professionally as Nicki Minaj ( ʒ/), is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress. [4] [5] [6] Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York, she gained public recognition after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 to 2009 and subsequently signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009.

Minaj's first and second studio albums, Pink Friday (2010) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the successful singles " Super Bass" and " Starships", the latter of which became one of the best-selling singles of all time. In 2010, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014), was preceded by its second single, " Anaconda", which peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, followed by supporting roles in The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.

Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List, with a New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be "the most influential female rapper of all time". [7] In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. [8] Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. As of 2017, she is the world's most followed rapper on Instagram. [9]

Throughout her career, Minaj has received ten Grammy Award nominations, in addition to winning six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and the 2011 Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award. She has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries among women of all genres in the chart's history. [10] Additionally, she is the best-selling female rapper of all time, having sold 20 million singles as a lead artist, 60 million singles as a featured artist, and over five million albums worldwide. [11] [12] [13]

Early life

Onika Tanya Maraj was born on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. [14] Her father, Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, is of Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian descent. [15] [16] Her mother, Carol Maraj, is also a gospel singer with Afro-Trinidadian ancestry. [17] [15] Carol worked in payroll and accounting departments during Minaj's youth. [18] [19] Minaj's father was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and had a violent temper, burning down their house in December 1987. [20] She has two siblings. [21]

As a small child, Minaj and a sibling lived with her grandmother in Saint James. [15] [20] Her mother, who had moved to The Bronx, New York to attend Monroe College, [20] brought the family to Queens, New York when Minaj was five. [15] By then, the family had a house on West 147th Street. [20] Minaj recalled, "I don't think I had a lot of discipline in my household. My mom motivated me, but it wasn't a strict household. I kind of wanted a strict household." [22] Minaj successfully auditioned for admission to LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, New York, which focuses on visual and performing arts. [14] After graduation, Minaj wanted to become an actress, and she was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001. [23] At the age of 19, as she struggled with her acting career, she worked as a waitress at a Red Lobster in the Bronx, but was fired for discourtesy to customers. [24] She said she was fired from "at least 15 jobs" for similar reasons. [25] She also worked as an administrative assistant, in customer service, and as an office manager for a Wall Street business. [26]

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