Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
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Onika Tanya Maraj

(1982-12-08) December 8, 1982 (age 36)
ResidenceBeverly Hills, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • model
  • actress
Years active2004–present
AwardsList of awards and nominations
Musical career
OriginQueens, New York, U.S.
Associated acts

Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982),[2][3] known professionally as Nicki Minaj (ʒ/), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model.[4] Born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).

After signing with Young Money Entertainment in 2009, Minaj released her first studio album, Pink Friday (2010), which peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was ultimately certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[5] Her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was released in 2012 and debuted at number one in several countries. Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol. Minaj's third studio album, The Pinkprint, was released in 2014. She subsequently played supporting roles in the films The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). Her fourth studio album, Queen, was released in 2018.

Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney.[6] Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's annual Hottest MC List. In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.[7] As a lead artist, she has earned four top-five entries on the Billboard Hot 100: "Super Bass" in 2011, "Starships" in 2012, and "Bang Bang" and "Anaconda", both in 2014. She has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries among women of all genres in the chart's history.[8]

Minaj has been called one of the most influential female rap artists.[9][10][11] Throughout her career, she has received numerous accolades, including six American Music Awards, 11 BET Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award, and 10 Grammy Award nominations. Minaj has sold 20 million singles as a lead artist, 60 million singles as a featured artist, and over five million albums worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists.[12][13][14]

Early life

Onika Tanya Maraj was born on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.[2] Her father, Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, is of Dougla (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 in New York City to attend Monroe College,[20] brought the family to Queens when Minaj was five.[15] By then, the family had a house on 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, which focuses on visual and performing arts.[2] 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]

Other Languages
العربية: نيكي ميناج
asturianu: Nicki Minaj
azərbaycanca: Niki Minaj
Bân-lâm-gú: Nicki Minaj
български: Ники Минаж
català: Nicki Minaj
Cebuano: Nicki Minaj
čeština: Nicki Minaj
Deutsch: Nicki Minaj
डोटेली: निकी मिनाज
Ελληνικά: Νίκι Μινάζ
español: Nicki Minaj
euskara: Nicki Minaj
føroyskt: Nicki Minaj
français: Nicki Minaj
Gaeilge: Nicki Minaj
galego: Nicki Minaj
한국어: 니키 미나즈
հայերեն: Նիքի Մինաժ
हिन्दी: निकी मिनाज
hrvatski: Nicki Minaj
Bahasa Indonesia: Nicki Minaj
italiano: Nicki Minaj
ქართული: ნიკი მინაჟი
қазақша: Ники Минаж
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kurdî: Nicki Minaj
Кыргызча: Ники Минаж
Latina: Nicki Minaj
latviešu: Niki Minaža
lietuvių: Nicki Minaj
magyar: Nicki Minaj
मैथिली: निकी मिनाज
македонски: Ники Минаж
მარგალური: ნიკი მინაჟი
монгол: Ники Минаж
Nederlands: Nicki Minaj
नेपाली: निकी मिनाज
occitan: Nicki Minaj
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română: Nicki Minaj
русский: Ники Минаж
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српски / srpski: Ники Минаж
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Nicki Minaj
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Tagalog: Nicki Minaj
Türkçe: Nicki Minaj
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