Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj have buried the hatchet following their Twitter row over the MTV VMA nominations.
Taylor Swift has admitted she misunderstood Nicki Minaj’s initial tweets, which attacked the music industry for favoring white females.
The singer wrote: “I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, then misspoke, I’m sorry, Nicki.”
Nicki Minaj has accepted her apology by tweeting back: “That means so much Taylor, thank you.”
It all started after Nicki Minaj voiced her disappointment at Anaconda not getting a nomination for video of the year.
“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year,” she wrote.
“When the <<other>> girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.”
This spurred Taylor Swift into action, who felt the comment was directed at her getting a nod for her Bad Blood video, which includes a lot of slim white females.
“I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot,” Taylor Swift wrote.
This confused Nicki Minaj who replied: “Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this.”
Nicki Minaj said she wasn’t attacking Taylor Swift personally, but was trying to highlight the challenges minority artists face getting the same recognition.
Other celebrities then got involved in the Twitter row, including Katy Perry.
Katy Perry, who is widely thought to be the inspiration behind Bad Blood, wrote: “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…”
Nicki Minaj’s criticism of the MTV VMA 2015 nominations has descended into a Twitter row with Taylor Swift and other celebrities.
She told MTV that she was upset her videos for Anaconda and Feeling Myself hadn’t had more recognition.
In a stream of tweets Nicki Minaj suggests that white musicians were favored over her.
“If I was a different “kind” of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” the rapper tweeted.
MTV has nominated Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar (Bad Blood), Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (Uptown Funk), Beyonce (7/11), Ed Sheeran (Thinking Out Loud) and Kendrick Lamar (Alright) for best video.
Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda has been nominated in the best hip-hop video category, but Feeling Myself, which features Beyonce, has not been put forward for any awards.
“When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination,” Nicki Minaj said on Twitter.
She put out a tweet which some people interpreted as being a jibe aimed at Taylor Swift, who featured models and other female celebrities in her Bad Blood video.
Nicki Minaj added: “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”
Taylor Swift obviously took it that way too, tweeting: “@NICKIMINAJ I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.”
However, Nicki Minaj said Taylor Swift was missing the point.
“Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13”
Then Nicki Minaj replied: “Oh but trust me. I’ll be on that stage to collect my awards for vid of the year. Feeling Myself & Anaconda.”
Later on, Taylor Swift made this offer: “@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on.”
Nicki Minaj said the media’s focus on her disagreement with Taylor Swift was an attempt to “overshadow” the discussion she was trying to have about racial issues in the music industry.
Next in the firing line was Ryan Seacrest, who posted a headline on his website (which has now been removed) saying that Nicki Minaj had taken “jabs” at Taylor Swift.
Nicki Minaj reacted: “Ryan posted a headline of Taylor saying she loves & supports me. But not me saying the same to her. Lol. Their headline says I took a “jab”?”
Kim Kardashian also got caught up in the row, after sharing a photo of herself with the caption: “Imma let you finish.”
This phrase is reminiscent of what the reality star’s husband, Kanye West, said to Taylor Swift when he invaded the stage during her acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs in 2009.
“Wait wait I’m in Paris it’s the middle of the night & I’m posting my Vogue Spain pics not having a clue what’s going on in the music world,” she tweeted.
“I’m not trying to shade anyone! That’s not my style! I just thought that caption was perfect for that pic! Changing the caption now! #ironic,”Kim Kardashian added.
Other celebrities saw the chance for a joke and jumped on it.
Nicki Minaj will host this year’s MTV EMAs ceremony in Glasgow, the singer announced via Instagram.
The annual MTV Europe Music Awards will take place in Glasgow’s SSE Hyrdo.
Nicki Minaj wrote: “So excited to announce that I will not only perform, but I have the honorable task of HOSTING this year’s MTV European Music Awards!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The show will shoot in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND for its 20th Anniversary ON NOVEMBER 9th!!!! Find us @mtvema and Vote at mtvema.com.”
Nicki Minaj will host this year’s MTV EMAs ceremony in Glasgow (photo Instagram)
She will also be performing, and she is up for four awards herself.
One Direction will be going head to head with 5SOS for the biggest fans award, and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is up for best UK & Ireland act.
The 20th anniversary of the MTV EMAs ceremony takes place on November 9.
The $30 million lawsuit filed against Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer Terrence Davidson has been rejected by District Judge Harold Murphy in Atlanta.
In the lawsuit filed in February 2014, Terrence Davidson accused Nicki Minaj and Pink Personality LLC of breaking verbal contracts.
Terrence Davidson also claimed Nicki Minaj went back on talks to launch a reality TV show and a wig line and that she stole his designs.
Lawyers for Nicki Minaj filed a motion in May to dismiss the lawsuit.
Judge Harold Murphy agreed that Terrence Davidson did not have grounds to claim.
Terrence Davidson said in the $30 million lawsuit that he began working as Nicki Minaj’s hair stylist in early 2010.
He created various wigs for the rapper, known for her flamboyant hairpieces that she wore to a pre-show for MTV’s Video Music Awards, during media appearances in London and for her video SuperBass.
Terrence Davidson said he turned down a contract for a reality TV show after talking to a representative of Nicki Minaj.
Terrence Davidson claims Nicki Minaj launched a reality TV show and a wig line after stealing his designs
The hair stylist, whose celebrity clients include singers Patti LaBelle and Jennifer Hudson, said Nicki Minaj and her team shut him out months into talks about a reality show and a line of wigs.
Terrence Davidson stopped working as Nicki Minaj’s stylist in early 2013.
He said Nicki Minaj took his designs without his consent and used them to start her own wig line.
Nicki Minaj’s lawyers said that Terrence Davidson was “upset because he lost his most famous client” and was seeking to force himself into a business relationship that Minaj and Pink Personality developed without him to get money from them that he didn’t earn.
The judge wrote in his order that the verbal promises of future business Terrence Davidson said he got from Nicki Minaj and her team were too vague and that it was unreasonable for Davidson to rely on them as a done deal.
The judge said that Terrence Davidson claimed his wigs were distinctive because of their design and color.
He added that there was no evidence that Terrence Davidson made any attempt to connect them to himself in the public mind or that anyone was confusing the wigs sold by him with wigs sold by Nicki Minaj.
Nicki Minaj suffered a weird wardrobe malfunction as she kicked off this year’s MTV VMA’s show, along with Ariana Grande and Jessie J, with a hot performance of their hit collaboration Bang Bang.
After her solo Anaconda moment, when she re-emerged to do her verse on Bang Bang, something was wrong. The singer spent the entire time awkwardly clinging to her dress.
Nicki Minaj suffered a weird wardrobe malfunction as she kicked off this year’s MTV VMA’s show, along with Ariana Grande and Jessie J (photo MTV)
Nicki Minaj is no stranger to showing off some skin but instead of flaunting her famous figure during her VMAs “Bang Bang” performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J, the rapper was desperately trying to cover up her body.
“We ran out of time getting the dressed zipped up,” Nicki Minaj said backstage later in the show.
Nicki Minaj has asked a federal judge in Atlanta to dismiss a $30 million legal claim against her by her former wig designer, Terrence Davidson.
Terrence Davidson sued Nick Minaj in February, accusing her of selling wigs based on his designs without permission.
Nicki Minaj’s lawyers argued that the case should be thrown out as Terrence Davidson had failed to state a valid claim.
Terrence Davidson sued Nick Minaj in February, accusing her of selling wigs based on his designs without permission
They added he was “upset because he lost his most famous client”.
Terrence Davidson, who began working for Nicki Minaj in 2010, created wigs the star wore at high-profile events and in her Super Bass music video.
He claims Nicki Minaj and her team reneged on discussions to launch his own reality show and wig line, saying the star had since copied his wig designs and was selling them online.
Christopher Chestnut, Terrence Davidson’s lawyer, said his client’s wigs “significantly contributed” to Nicki Minaj’s notoriety and helped her rise to fame.
The hair stylist stopped working for Nicki Minaj in 2013, citing creative differences.
According to legal papers, Nicki Minaj’s lawyers said Terrence Davidson was seeking to force himself into a business relationship the star and her team had developed in a bid to receive money he had not earned.
Responding to claims, Nicki Minaj prevented him from becoming a reality TV star, they said Terrence Davidson’s “self-described talents are insufficient to garner the same types of business opportunities he may have received when serving as [Nicki Minaj’s] hairstylist”.
Nicki Minaj’s former hair stylist Terrence Davidson is suing the star for $30 million, accusing her of selling wigs based on his designs without permission.
Terrence Davidson began working for the rapper in 2010, creating multiple wigs for high-profile events and her Super Bass music video.
The hair stylist claims he had previously discussed a joint business venture with Nicki Minaj to launch a line of wigs.
Terrence Davidson says the star is now copying his wig designs and selling them online.
According to legal papers filed in Atlanta, Terrence Davidson says he also turned down a contract for a reality TV show on the advice of one of Nicki Minaj’s representatives, with the promise of creating his own reality show with the star about being a celebrity wig stylist.
Nicki Minaj’s former hair stylist Terrence Davidson is suing the star for $30 million, accusing her of selling wigs based on his designs without permission
But after months passed in 2012, Terrence Davidson claims Nicki Minaj and her team “took active steps to isolate [him] and preclude him from the notoriety he deserved for his wig designs”.
Terrence Davidson – whose celebrity clients also include singers Patti LaBelle and Jennifer Hudson – stopped working as Nicki Minaj’s stylist in early 2013, citing creative differences.
Christopher Chestnut, a lawyer for the hair stylist, said his client’s wigs “significantly contributed” to Nicki Minaj’s notoriety and helped her rise to fame.
The lawyer said Nicki Minaj “took a number of his popular wig designs, without his consent, and used them to start her own wig line”, resulting in at least $30 million in losses.
Nicki Minaj has apologized for using a famous picture of African-American minister Malcolm X on her website, alongside a racial insult.
The image of the activist holding a gun was also posted on her Instagram page, promoting her new song.
After criticism on social media, Nicki Minaj posted an apology to the estate of Malcolm X.
Known for his civil rights work with black communities in the US, Malcom X was assassinated 49 years ago this month.
“That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single,” Nicki Minaj wrote.
“I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. I have nothing but respect [and] adoration for u.”
Nicki Minaj added that the artwork was in no way meant to “undermine his efforts and legacy”.
Nicki Minaj has apologized for using the famous picture of Malcolm X on her website, alongside a racial insult
In a radio interview Nicki Minaj said that she wrote the song to empower women because there are too many songs that attack women.
“It was almost parallel in my opinion because he has this big gun ready to shoot,” the singer said to Hot 97’s Angie Martinez.
“I looked at it as this is one of the most memorable people in our history, in black history, who voiced his opinion no matter what, and I understand how my intent was overlooked and I definitely didn’t want to offend his family or his legacy.”
The song was made “to have fun” not “to be disrespectful”, she added.
In her online apology, Nicki Minaj, 31, expressed confusion over why people had been offended by the image.
“What seems to be the issue now?” the 31-year-old wrote.
She added: “I am in the video shooting [the song] and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!”
The picture was deleted from Nicki Minaj’s Instagram account, but was still on her website on Friday morning.
The track will appear on Nicki Minaj’s next album and a compilation album featuring artists including Lil Wayne and Drake.
Drake was in a candid, if slightly embarrassed, mood on Friday’s episode ofThe Ellen DeGeneres Show as the comedienne asked him a series of questions about his love life.
Ellen DeGeneres, 55, appeared to surprise Drake, 26, as she explained to him her method of questioning: “I’m going to show you some pictures and you can say, dated her, dating her now, I’ve kissed her once… you just held her hand.”
The host then pulled onto the screen an image of Rihanna: “The first one is..That’s Rihanna.”
Drake was clearly taken by surprise as he blurted out: “Oh, it’s my turn now to talk…Yeah great girl. We had our moment. [I will] always support and have love for her and yeah.”
Ellen DeGeneres resumed the interrogation pulling up a picture of high velocity rapper Nicki Minaj.
Drake responded, a little more at ease: “Me and Nicki are like family. I just love Nicki with all my heart. We’ve haven’t really shared like intimate moments.”
Ellen DeGeneres quickly moved on: “Not an intimate moment. Okay, here is the next one: Tyra Banks.”
Drake curtly responded: “I went on a date.”
Drake was in a candid mood on Ellen DeGeneres Show as the comedienne asked him a series of questions about his love life
Ellen’s interest clearly piqued dug further: “Did you date her?”
Drake reticently explained: “I went on a date with her one time, yeah.
“Just one date. We went to Disney Land in disguise actually, which was fun. I don’t know if it was a date. It was a get together. We’re close as well.”
The rapper then added with obvious chagrin: “This is really bad. How did you not tell me about this!”
Ellen DeGeneres moved the conversation forward: “Kim Kardashian, did you ever date her?”
At this point Drake could not disguise his true feelings as he exclaimed: “Oh no, no. Come on! What’s going on here?”
Drake’s visceral and animated response to the question got the studio audience roaring with laughter as he clearly did not welcome the idea of dating the reality star.
But Ellen had one more girl from the past to interrogate him on: “All right, let’s do one more. Kat Dennings. Did you date Kat.”
Drake, having cooled after Kim Kardashian scare, replied: “I just always had a huge crush on Kat Dennings and she was kind enough one night to oblige me and we went out for dinner. They don’t call me back after one date according to this.”
When asked if he were dating anyone at the moment, Drake said: “I’m not. I’m single. I’m ready to mingle. The album’s done. I got free time. But not really, I’m going on tour, but I have a couple months after that.”
Meanwhile, Drake recently split a $20,000 donation to Anna Angel, a 30-year-old Ohio woman who lost her five children and boyfriend in a tragic mobile home fire, for her funeral expenses.
Drake’s latest album Nothing Was the Same is set to be released on September 24.
Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to give her fans a generous peek at her upcoming collection for Kmart, which is set to be released in October/November of this year.
In the series of photos, Nicki Minaj, 29, models multiple colorful and vivacious garments that will soon be available under the star’s name for affordable prices.
Nicki Minaj is her own best marketing tool as she models the garments herself in the series of promotional snaps.
The collection includes a number of mini-dresses – some fitted, some flowing – as well as two-piece spandex suits, bodycon dresses, and a range of elaborate patterning.
A range of yellows, blues and pinks make up the color scheme for Nicki Minaj’s fall collection and there is no doubt she looks flawless in every one of them.
A figure-hugging LBD with a particularly low cut neck is perhaps the most daring and sexy of the bunch, but Nicki Minaj was sure to keep some of the designs casual.
Nicki Minah models a black hooded sweatshirt and matching track pants, preparing shoppers for the upcoming cooler months.
Just last week, the intelligent entertainer gave one of her designs a promotional run at perhaps the best venue possible for widespread fashion marketing.
Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to give her fans a generous peek at her upcoming collection for Kmart
Nicki Minaj showed up to the Jeremy Scott runway show at New York Fashion Week wearing one of her flattering two-piece designs.
The matching high waisted pants and cropped long-sleeved top were made of stretchy black fabric and decorated with gold spots, flattering the rapper beautifully as she strode into the prestigious style event.
Without the relevant intel, Nicki Minaj’s fellow rich and famous fashion week attendees would certainly have no way of knowing the ensemble would soon hit the shelves of discount retailer Kmart.
Nicki Minaj – who started her career as a singer and rapper – is continuing solidify her brand and expand her career.
Aside from music, Nicki Minaj has formed part of the American Idol judging panel and even filmed a role in a film this year called The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz.
Nicki Minaj has collaborated with MAC makeup to release a limited edition lipstick and she also has two of her own fragrances distributed by Macy’s and Elizabeth Arden.
The launch of her own clothing line for Kmart sees Nicki Minaj joining the likes of Selena Gomez, Adam Levine and Sofia Vergara, who have also designed for the retail giant.
Nicki Minaj is being sued by electronic artist Clive Tanaka for copyright infringement over her hit song Starships.
Clive Tanaka has filed a lawsuit against the rapper, producer RedOne and songwriters Carl Falk, Wayne Hector and Rami Yacoub.
He claims they copied “substantial portions” of his song Neu Chicago for the chart-topping single, which reached number two in the UK last year.
The mysterious electronic artist, who has never revealed his real identity, had attorney Christopher Niro file legal documents on his behalf in Chicago court on Wednesday.
Nicki Minaj is being sued by electronic artist Clive Tanaka for copyright infringement over her hit song Starships
Neu Chicago has amassed 100,000 listens on YouTube and was licensed for two major television adverts in Scandinavia.
The lawsuit alleges RedOne, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub, who have all lived in neighboring Sweden, had “a very good opportunity” to hear the song.
According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper, Christopher Niro contends: “We believe [the songs] are similar to the point that it is nearly impossible for it to be a coincidence.”
Clive Tanaka is seeking compensation for the damage done to his “professional reputation and goodwill” following the song’s release in March 2012, as well as all the profits Nicki Minaj, 30, and her collaborators have earned from Starships.
This isn’t the first time Nicki Minaj has faced legal trouble over her music.
In 2010, Nicki Minaj was sued for allegedly damaging a pink Lamborghini sports car she rented for her Massive Attack music video shoot.
Miley Cyrus continues to deny she and fiancé Liam Hemsworth have ended their engagement, but it was the actress turned singer who added further fuel to split rumors in her latest interview.
Miley Cyrus, 20, has been working on her fourth studio album and admitted that she has had to sacrifice relationships in the process.
“I never stop working, ever – I put my track list together this morning,” she tells the new issue of Billboard.
“I want my record to be the biggest record in the world, and I’ve given everything to get here, even down to friends and family and relationships – I’ve just put this music first.”
Amid claims Liam Hemsworth is unsure that Miley Cyrus is the same girl he fell in love with, she added: “That’s been kind of a trip: It’s not like I’m losing who I am – I actually found out more about who I am by making this music.
“I’m going on a journey, and that’s more than a lot of 20-year-olds can say. And I’m still going to change so much. Because I’m not the same person I was six months ago – I’m not even the same person I was two weeks ago.”
Miley Cyrus is showing a different side to herself with her new music, and claims she has been compared unfairly to her peers.
“A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj,” she rather oddly suggested.
“That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love <<hood>> music, but my talent is as a singer.”
Miley Cyrus adds further fuel to her split from Liam Hemsworth rumors during Billboard interview
Miley Cyrus went on: “I can’t really be told what to do right now. I’m too young to go in and make someone else’s vision come to life. I want to go make my visions.”
She released her first single off the new album, We Can’t Stop, on June 3, and it quickly reached the top of the iTunes chart.
But despite its success, Miley Cyrus received some criticism for the themes of the song.
Naturally, Miley Cyrus isn’t fussed about her critics and wanted to be truthful in the lyrics on her track, produced by Mike WiLL Made It.
“I’m 20 years old and I want to talk to the people that are up all night with their friends,” she said.
“It’s based on a true story of a crazy night I had: When I heard the song for the first time, it captured exactly what I was living. I didn’t make this song for the critics, but for the people living it.”
Miley Cyrus also revealed her inspiration for the album, which is due to be released in September.
“I’ve always wanted country-rock influences, but now I’m moving over to a more urban side,” she explained.
“It’s not a hip-hop album, though – it’s a pop album. I’m not coming in trying to rap. It’s more like, <<I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing>>.”
Meanwhile Miley Cyrus is currently dealing with some family drama as her parents announced on Thursday that they are splitting up.
And just hours after Tish released a statement that she and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus will be ending their marriage, their daughter reached out to her father on Twitter.
Perhaps showing signs that communication is breaking down between the high-profile duo, she wrote: “@billyraycyrus since your text and email obviously aren’t working would you like to talk like this?”
Moments later Miley Cyrus proclaimed that it’s her prerogative how she uses her social media accounts.
“It’s my twitter I can tweet what I want to #wecantstop,” she wrote.
The new issue of Billboard Magazine hits newsstands June 17.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are leaving American Idol after one season as judges on the talent show.
The announcement comes in the same month as original judge Randy Jackson also left the panel.
Nicki Minaj told her 16 million Twitter followers: “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!”
Mariah Carey’s departure was also announced on Twitter.
Her spokesperson said the singer was now working on a world tour.
Mariah Carey, 43, and Nicki Minaj, 30, joined country singer Keith Urban and Randy Jackson for the show’s 12th season.
It is unclear whether Keith Urban will return for the show’s next series.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are leaving American Idol after one season as judges on the talent show
Mariah Carey reportedly earned $18 million while Nicki Minaj’s salary was reported to have been $12 million.
American Idol‘s ratings fell to their lowest point in 12 years this series with 14.2 million watching the season finale, which was won by Candice Glover.
Fox, which broadcasts the show, said Mariah Carey was a “true global icon” and that they felt “extremely fortunate” that she was part of the show.
In a joint statement with American Idol‘s production company, FremantleMedia, the network added: “Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to American Idol and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season.
“Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best.”
Nicki Minaj has threatened to quit American Idol on live TV during Thursday’s edition.
Nicki Minaj was furious to learn that her favorite contestant Curtis Finch Jr. – who at one point was being tipped as a possible winner – had landed in the bottom two of the Top 10.
Curtis Finch Jr. and Devin Velez received the fewest votes from viewers.
And when she discovered that the 24-year-old from St Louis, Missouri might be out, Nicki Minaj said she would quit the show.
“I definitely think Curtis should not be in the bottom two. I mean, I love Devin but I think that Curtis, if you look at every one of his performances, I mean – come on, America, are you kidding me?” she said.
“I didn’t think that your performance last night was your best, I think it was your worst.”
“Curtis, if you go home, I go home,” the singer said.
Fellow judge Keith Urban agreed in part, saying he was “a little shocked”.
But Nicki Minaj’s fears were realized after it was revealed that Curtis Finch Jr. actually got the fewest votes of all the contestants.
The revelation caused Nicki Minaj to jump out of her seat and approach the stage, only to seemingly be advised to return to the judge’s panel by Randy Jackson, who could be seen shaking his head, and beckoning her back.
Nicki Minaj was furious to learn that her favorite American Idol contestant Curtis Finch Jr. had landed in the bottom two of the Top 10
Curtis Finch Jr. was then able to sing one last time to save himself – but only if all four judges agreed unanimously to keep him on.They didn’t – and he was kicked off the Fox show.
Curtis Finch Jr. gave a heartfelt and emotional performance of R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly, showing off his impressive vocal range.
He previously sang the song on the show to get him into the top 10.
Nicki Minaj looked like she was sulking as Randy Jackson and Keith Urban had an intense discussion on either side of her, while Mariah Carey concentrated on his make or break performance, that saw the audience go wild.
“The judges have got to be unanimous,” said Ryan Seacrest, who explained that they can “save” only one contestant once throughout the season.
“Save, save, save,” chanted the crowd.
“I’m completely shocked that this is where we’re at,” said Mariah Carey.
“This entire situation has been about Curtis, in a lot of ways, for me. We have had a connection. We still do, no matter what happens.”
“We are not unanimous, unfortunately,” Randy Jackson revealed, as some of the audience members began to boo.
The previous night Nicki Minaj had missed Curtis Finch Jr.’s singing because she was late to the live show in Hollywood, blaming bad traffic.
The show claimed over 26 million votes had been cast. But producers changed up the usual format by first revealing who was in the top three, but not what order they came in.
It was good news for Candice, Kree and Angie.
In fourth place was Lazaro Arbos. Amber Holcomb came fifth, while Janelle Arthur came in sixth place.
Burnell Taylor came in seventh place, followed by Paul Jolley.
Nicki Minaj has opened up on Jimmy Kimmel show about her reported American Idol feud with Mariah Carey.
The singers have been at loggerheads ever since they first started working together on American Idol.
Nicki Minaj wore a garish trouser suit for her appearance on the show, which Jimmy Kimmel immediately commented on.
“Where do you get stuff like this? Do you have to make it?”
“No! It’s Roberto Cavalli, you can buy it in stores,” she said.
Jimmy Kimmel went on to praise her judging skills on the talent show, saying that she seems solid and reasonable, which is the opposite of her public persona.
“A lot of people don’t like their co-workers at their offices, but your office is on television and so when you have skirmishes everyone sees them. And clearly, you and Mariah Carey do not like each other,” Jimmy Kimmel probed.
Nicki Minaj has opened up on Jimmy Kimmel show about her reported American Idol feud with Mariah Carey
“I wouldn’t say I don’t like her, I definitely don’t think she likes me,” Nicki Minaj replied, adding that despite this, she makes a fair bit of effort to be friendly.
“I try, as I looked up to her for a long time, so I don’t want to hate on this lady, but she had an issue from the beginning. We’re having fun though.
“I genuinely like going there, even Mariah and I, we really do have fun.”
But while she might be making waves on reality TV, Nicki Minaj was there to do what she does best – perform.
Nicki Minaj took to a special outdoor stage to perform Va Va Voom and Freedom in front of an overexcited audience.
Writhing and singing to the music of a live band, Nicki Minaj added a jaunty leopard print hat to her already clashing outfit.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have revealed that their cat fighting on American Idol isn’t an act – and their latest public snipe-fest is proof.
The judges of the hit singing show were at a press conference for the Television Critics Association Winter Tour on Tuesday morning and while things started out pleasantly enough with the two stars complementing each other, the atmosphere soon soured.
When asked if their sparring was real or merely a ploy to generate more buzz about the show, Mariah Carey, said: “It’s a passionate panel. The fight is what it is.”
According to the blog Vulture.com, a journalist then asked the warring women to say something nice about each other.
Nicki Minaj, 30, went first and said: “I say nice things about Mariah all the time. She is one of my favorite artists of all time.
“To be on a panel with her, it’s kind of crazy. All the singers come in aspiring to be Mariah, in terms of talent and in terms of career length.”
Mariah Carey apparently “flinched” before replying: “That was a very sweet thing to say.
“We did a song that was from my album and it was called, ironically, Up Out My Face. It was one of my favorite songs.”
Mariah Carey added: “And I did feel like she was going to go very far and still have that feeling. I am grateful for anything nice that she or anyone has to say.”
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have revealed that their cat fighting on American Idol isn’t an act, and their latest public snipe-fest is proof
The stars both agreed that their fighting – most sensationally seen on leaked footage from an audition last October – “distracts” from the show so they decided to put in behind them.
However, it wasn’t long before the simmering animosity between the two resurfaced.
“It was sort of a one-sided thing,” Mariah Carey said.
“No, it wasn’t!” Nicki Minaj snapped back.
“See? They don’t want a rising star, they want drama.”
Throughout the rest of the press conference the pair rolled their eyes at each other’s comments, sneered or just stared daggers at each other.
Separated by the other judges, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson who tried to keep the peace, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey also seemed to be competing in the style and cleavage displaying stakes too.
Both were pouring out of their dresses – Mariah Carey opted for a strapless, emerald green mini dress with strappy Louboutins while Nicki Minaj wore a short gold, grey and white number.
The Make Me Proud singer also sported skyscraper Louboutins and both went for big, voluminous hair and fierce jewellery.
And to make things even more awkward, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj each said they neither of them would ever have entered a reality singing contest at the start of their careers.
Meanwhile, Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy shared a bromantic kiss during the TCA panel for their new show The Following.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj catfight reached boiling point when Nicki was caught on camera hurling a torrent of abuse at fellow American Idol judge Mariah.
And, with Mariah Carey said to be in fear of her safety on the show, it has emerged that Nicki Minaj was “supremely disrespectful” to Mariah two years before she exploded on the Idol set earlier this week.
According to TMZ, Nicki Minaj was allegedly “rude” to Mariah Carey on the set of the music video Up Out My Face back in 2010.
The video shows Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj happily performing the song together, dressed in identical nurses outfits and red dresses, giggling away and drinking champagne.
But it was a different story off set, according to TMZ, with B. Scott, who appeared alongside Mariah Carey in the video, alleging that: “Nicki was making faces at her [Mariah] laced with rude comments under her breath.
“Mariah went out of her way to be nice to Nicki and make her comfortable,” B. Scott added, with the website reporting that Mariah Carey felt like she was helping launch Nicki Minaj’s career by appearing in the video.”
TMZ claims B. Scott told Mariah Carey what was going on with the Super Bass singer, but says: “Mariah decided not to confront Nicki and acted as if nothing had happened.”
However, a source close to Nicki Minaj said: “Scott works as Mariah’s stunt double and of course he would say things like that. He’s worked for her for years.”
Meanwhile, B. Scott told the website that he stays in touch with Mariah Carey and spoke with her on Thursday night.
He said that Mariah Carey “wants to bury the hatchet with Nicki on American Idol and focus on the contestants”.
Meanwhile, former American Idol judge Steven Tyler seemed a little skeptical about the row when a TMZ cameraman caught him outside an LA restaurant last night and asked him if the Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj feud was “bs”.
“Of course, are you kidding?” he replied.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Mariah Carey was keen to hire extra security after Nicki Minaj apparently threatened to shoot her.
The singer arrived for American Idol auditions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday with a police escort, several bodyguards and minders in tow.
The 42-year-old, who is a new judge on the panel alongside the rapper, country singer Keith Urban and veteran Randy Jackson, lived up to her diva reputation as she strutted in for her day on set in Baton Rouge.
One burly bodyguard helped her keep her balance by holding onto her arm while another had the rather important task of shielding her from the sun with an umbrella.
She appeared rather uptight over the recent feud, constantly looking over her shoulder with a worried expression on her face.
Nicki Minaj is said to have threatened Mariah Carey after her American Idol co-star called her a “b****” – it is now being claimed.
Show bosses cancelled filming in Charlotte, North Carolina for the day on Tuesday after a huge blow up between the pair where Nicki Minaj allegedly threatened and swore at Mariah Carey.
But witnesses insist Mariah Carey started it, according to reports.
A source told Mouthtoears.com: “Nicki Minaj walked off of set because Mariah Carey kept making jabs at her.
“Nicki’s manager and team convinced her to come back to the show. Mariah kept at it and called Nicki <<a b****>> and then proceeded to cuss her out. Producers had to stop filming and call it a night.”
It was previously reported how Nicki Minaj fumed she was sick of her co-judge, labelling Mariah Carey her “f*****g highness”.
Their fellow panelists Keith Urban and Randy Jackson were caught in the middle of the row, according to TMZ, which is running a video of the row, where Nicki Minaj can be heard ranting at Mariah Carey.
A source told the website: “[Nicki said to Mariah] <<I’m gonna knock you out>> – although this was not caught on tape.”
In the video being run by TMZ, Nicki Minaj can be heard saying: “I told them I’m not f*****g putting up with her f*****g highness over there [Referring to Mariah]. Figure it the f*** out. Figure it out.”
Mariah Carey can also be heard answering back in the video – but it is difficult to make out exactly what she is saying.
The row is said to have started due to a disagreement over a contestant’s performance.
As he headed to bed on Tuesday night, host Ryan Seacrest wrote on Twitter: “Going to bed in Charlotte after an anything but dull day at #idol auditions. Hit u in morn.”
Producers are now said to be concerned about how the pair will manage to work together for the rest of the season, TMZ reports.
Mariah Carey was said to be unhappy with Nicki Minaj joining American Idol because she was worried it would turn the reality TV programme into a “freak show”.
A source previously told Hollywoodlife: “Nicki isn’t established enough to qualify as a judge.
“Mariah wants a panel of bright, inspirational and constructive judges. Not some freak show!
“Mariah thinks Nicki will just be a distraction and it will all be about her and her outrageous behavior. Mariah will not be happy if Nicki joins the panel and she has let the producers know just how she feels!”
While Mariah Carey has 22 years experience in the industry, relative newcomer Nicki Minaj only leaped to fame two years ago.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have apparently not been getting along since auditions first started in New York last month.
During their first taping of the talent reality show the pair were said to have talked over one other in a bid to be the most vocal judge.
The drama began when 29-year-old Super Bass singer Nicki Minaj starting critiquing a contestant, but despite it being her moment to reign, Mariah Carey, 42, couldn’t resist butting in on several occasions.
But according to TMZ, each time the Dreamlover star intervened, feisty Nicki Minaj just spoke louder.
A source said at the time: “These girls just don’t like each other.”
Following the first day of shenanigans in New York, a fan tweeted Nicki Minaj to ask how the judging had gone, to which she cryptically responded: “It was… interesting… “
Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban have been confirmed as judges on the next series of American Idol.
Fox television made the official announcement hours before the first round of auditions were due to take place in New York.
The duo replace Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith singer Steve Tyler, both of whom quit earlier this year.
Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson complete the line-up on the programme, which has been suffering falling ratings.
Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban have been confirmed as judges on the next series of American Idol
Audience’s for this year’s series – the eleventh – were down about 30% on 2011. The season finale drew 21.5 million viewers, a record low, to see Phillip Phillips win.
Therefore, the appointment of Nicki Minaj, 25, is likely to be of key importance to Fox, who will hope to draw in a younger, hipper audience.
Nicki Minaj sold three million copies of her recent single Starships in the US alone; while her cartoonish blend of pop, rave and hip-hop has seen her top the charts in the UK, US and Canada.
Keith Urban, meanwhile, is one of the biggest names in country music. He boasts 14 US number ones, and has won the Grammy for best male country vocal performance four times in the last six years.
The singer is also married to actress Nicole Kidman.
Mariah Carey, who first found fame with the number one single Vision Of Love in 1990, will reportedly receive $18 million for her one-year contract on Idol. The salaries of the other judges have not been revealed.
The appointment of three newcomers means Randy Jackson is the sole returning judge.
He has been with the show since it first began in 2002, when his fellow judges were Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.
Over the years, American Idol has produced stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson.
It now faces competition from the likes of The Voice and X Factor US, which boast Cee-Lo Green, Britney Spears, Adam Levine and Simon Cowell on their judging panel.
American Idol returns for its 12th series in January.