Nicki Minaj in 2011
|Birth name||Onika Tanya Maraj|
|Born||December 8, 1982 |
December 8, 1984
Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
|Origin||Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B, pop, dance|
|Occupations||Rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, voice actress, television personality|
|Labels||Cash Money, Young Money, Universal Republic, Universal Motown|
|Associated acts||Young Money, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Britney Spears, Birdman|
Minaj rose to prominence when she released her Album, Pink Friday, in November 2010, peaking at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release. She became the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her seventh single, "Super Bass" has since been certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA, and has sold more than four million copies, becoming one of the best-selling singles in the United States. Minaj released her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, in April 2012, which topped charts internationally, also spawning the top 10 singles "Starships" and "Pound the Alarm". Since, the album has become one of the best-selling albums of 2012, according to the Nielsen SoundScan, selling 1,000,000 copies worldwide. In 2012, Minaj embarked on two worldwide tours, the Pink Friday Tour and the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.
Minaj's artistry features alter egos and accents, notably British cockney. Her outlandish and colorful costumes, wigs and clothing have given her recognition as a fashion icon. She featured as a voice actress in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, is currently serving as a judge on American Idol and has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, and Pepsi. Minaj's work has earned her six BET Awards, two American Music Awards, two MTV Music Award and Billboard's 2011 Rising Star. She is the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List, with The New York Times suggesting that some consider her "the most influential female rapper of all time."