Nicki Minaj Biography

Nicki Minaj is a famous rap singer and song writer of the United States who is best known for her songs ‘I Get Crazy’ and ‘Super Bass’. To know more about her childhood, profile, career and timeline read on

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Nick Name: Nicki Minaj, Nicki Lewinski, Nicki The Harujuku Barbie, Nicki The Ninja, Roman

Also Known As: Onika Tanya Maraj

Famous as: Rapper

Nationality: American

Birth Date: December 8, 1982

Age: 35 Years

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Height: 1.57 m

Born in: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago

father: Robert Maraj

mother: Carol Maraj

siblings: Micaiah Maraj, Jelani Maraj, Brandon Lamar, Ming Maraj

Personality: ESFP

Net worth: $75 million

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education: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

awards: MTV Europe Music Award for Best Hip-Hop - 2014-2012
BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist - 2014-2013-2012
MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video - 2012

MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video - 2011
BET Award for Best New Artist - 2010
American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - 2012-2011
Billboard Music Award for Top Streaming Song (Video) - 2012
Billboard Music Award for Top Streaming Artist - 2013
American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album - 2012-2011
BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hip Hop Style - 2014-2013-2011
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Song - 2015
People's Choice Award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist - 2013
BET Hip Hop Award for People's Champ - 2010
Billboard Music Award for Rising Star - 2011
Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album - 2013
BET Hip Hop Award for MVP of the Year - 2011
Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Artist - 2013
Soul Train Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year - 2011
Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song - 2012
iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Collaboration - 2015
BET Hip Hop Award for Who New? Rookie of the Year - 2010
Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B Artist - 2012
YouTube Music Award - 2015
Bravo Otto - Super Rapper - 2012

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Nicki Minaj is a popular rap artist in the US who shot to fame within a short span of time. The talented vocalist and songwriter has established herself as an award-winning singer, rapper, hip-hop artist, television host, and icon of female empowerment. Her unique voice (which often makes use of various accents), and vigorous, fast-flow rap style have made her popular both as a solo artist and as a featured cameo voice on other albums. In addition to her music, Minaj is also widely known for bold, loud fashion statements, including brightly colored makeup, outrageous hair styles, and unconventional costumes. She has overcome many obstacles along her path to stardom, having been born outside the United States, moving with her family to New York at a young age, enduring an abusive and drug-addicted father, and paying her dues by working several odd jobs before finally finding recognition as a major artist. While her hasty temper has caused friction and drama with other celebrities (including Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey), fans love her fierce, in-your-face persona. In less than ten years, she has gone from a social media hopeful to successful multi-media mogul, including multiple recording projects, TV hosting, and even a Super Bowl appearance. With no signs of slowing down, Nicki Minaj continues to wow audiences with her chart-topping numbers

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Nicki Minaj
Childhood & Early Life
  • “Nicki Minaj” is a stage name, a persona adopted by the famous rapper. She was born Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Her father is Robert Maraj, who worked as a financial executive. Her mother, Carol Maraj, was a foreign exchange teller and gospel singer. She also has four siblings, brothers Brandon Lamar and Michaiah Maraj, and sisters Ming Maraj and Jelani Maraj.
  • Her parents emigrated to the United States when Nicki was very young. She lived with her grandmother in Saint James until her mother sent for her and her brother when she was five.
  • Her father was addicted to drugs and abusive, particularly towards her mother. He once set fire to the family home in an apparent and unsuccessful attempt to kill her mother.
  • With a keen ear for music since an early age, she played the clarinet in her middle school band. Afterward, she auditioned and gained admission to ‘La Guardia High School’, a magnet school for the arts.
  • After an unsuccessful attempt at an acting career post high school, she worked several odd jobs, many of which she was fired from for apparent poor customer service.
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  • She began her musical career rapping in a foursome called ‘The Hoodstars’, which included 7even Up, Lou$tar, and Scaff Breezy.
  • In 2004, ‘The Hoodstars’ recorded the song ‘Don’t Mess With,’ which was a contribution to a compilation album for the WWE, entitled ‘ThemeAddict: WWE The Music’, Vol. 6.
  • Minaj left ‘The Hoodstars’ and uploaded much of her work to her Myspace profile page. This caught the attention of Fendi, CEO of ‘Dirty Money Entertainment’, who signed her for a 180-day contract, in 2007.
  • She released her first mixtape, ‘Playtime is Over’ on July 5, 2007, and she released a follow-up entitled ‘Sucka Free’ in April of the following year.
  • On April 18, 2009, she released her third mixtape ‘Beam Me Up Scotty.’ The album featured the hit song ‘I Get Crazy,’ which reached number 20 on the US Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs.
  • After gaining the attention of fellow rap artist Lil Wayne, Minaj signed a contract with his record label ‘Young Money Entertainment’ in August of 2009.
  • Beginning on November of 2009, she appeared as a featured cameo on other artists’ songs, including those of Mariah Carey and Robin Thicke.
  • On March 29, 2010, she released her debut album ‘Massive Attack’ (an early title, which was later changed to ‘Pink Friday’). The album featured the hit song ‘Your Love,’ which reached number 14 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and number 1 on Billboard’s Rap Songs.
  • ‘Super Bass’ was the fifth single to be released from ‘Pink Friday,’ and the song reached number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and certified octuple-platinum in the United States.
  • She performed ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ featuring Madonna and rapper M.I.A. for the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show.
  • Her follow-up studio album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ was released on April 2 2012, which featured singles ‘Roman in Moscow’ and ‘Stupid Hoe.’
  • She voiced the character Steffie in ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ in June of 2012.
  • In September of 2012, she became a judge on the television show ‘American Idol,’ along with judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, and Keith Urban, which she left the following May.
  • Though known for her rapping, she began acting and first appeared in the 2014 release ‘The Other Woman’, which starred Cameron Diaz.
  • Her third album, ‘The Pinkprint’, was released on December 15, 2014, which featured her largest hit to date, ‘Anaconda’. The song reached number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
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Major Works
  • The famous singer songwriter has given numerous chart-topping numbers which include ‘I Get Crazy’ from the 2008 album ‘Beam Me Up Scotty. The song hit number 20 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs. The following year the song ‘Super Bass’ from the album ‘Pink Friday’ reached number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
  • In 2014 the song ‘Anaconda’ from ‘The Pinkprint’ reached number 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
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Awards & Achievements
  • She was named ‘Female Artist of the Year’ at the 2008 ‘Underground Music Awards’.
  • In 2010, she was the first female artist ever to appear on MTV’s ‘Hottest MC’s in the Game’, on which she also appeared the following year.
  • In 2012, she became the first solo female rap artist ever to perform at the ‘Grammy Awards’.
  • The video for the song ‘Starships’ won ‘Best Female Video’ at the ‘2012 MTV Music Awards’.
  • She won the award for ‘Best Hip-Hop’ at the ‘2012 MTV Europe Music Awards’.
  • As of 2013, she was the first artist to receive BET’s Best Female Hip-Hop Artist four years in a row. She won again the following year.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 2015, Nicki Minaj became engaged to hip-hop recording artist Meek Mill. She does not currently have any children, though they have speculated that they might be interested in having them in the future.
Net Worth
  • According to sources, this talented rap singer has an estimated net worth of $50 million.
  • This famous rap artist lost her voice on the day of her audition to ‘La Guardia High School’, dashing her hopes of singing at the school

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