Name: Onika Tanya Maraj
Born: December 8, 1982
Category: Singer /Actress / Songwrite
Nicki Minaj or Onika Tanya Marajo was born in Port of Spain in Trinidad, but raised in Queens New York. She was born on 8th December 1982 and later attended performing arts in school in her childhood days. She almost instantly became famous with the release of her three mixtapes during period between 2007 and 2009. After the grand success of her mixtapes, Nicki struck a contract with Young Money Entertainment.
Recognitions and albums
Nicki Minaj became ruled the US Billboard 200 chart with her debut album Pink Friday, which was released in the year 2010. The album got recognition from RIAA and got platinum certified. Super Bass the lead single number in this album was given quadruple-platinum certification and it became one of the top singles in the US with over 4 million copies sold. During this period, Nicki struck gold as seven of her songs from the album was ruling the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She became the only solo female artist who achieved that. In 2012, she released her next music album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which ruled the Billboard 200 chart throughout the year. The album was hugely successful and the best-selling ones in 2012. Starship, the famous single from this album made its way to the top of charts in the US and stayed at the fifth position in 2012. Till November 2013, her album sale has been close to 5 million worldwide and during this period she became the judge of American Idol, twelfth season.
Awards and critical acclaim
Inclusion of Nicki Minaj in the Annual Hottest MC List by MTV made her the only female artist to have ever made in that list. According to The New York Times, most people think of her as one of “the most influential female rapper of all time”. She has set her own unique individuality with her fast flow rapping skills along with a mix of British cockney and alter-egos. She has a popular fashion icon among her fans worldwide because of her colorful clothing, outlandish style and bizarre accessories. With a staggering number of forty four appearances in the Billboard Hot 100 list, Nicki became the first ever to become the most charted rapper among female artists in April 2013. She has also done endorsement for some of the world’s most popular brands like MAC, Adidas and Pepsi. She has also led her voice in the animation movie Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2014, she will be seen the movie The Other Woman. She has bagged prestigious awards like Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards, MTV Music Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Rising Start Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.
Personal and early life
Nicki Minaj participated in performing arts and passed out from LaGuardia High School. After graduating she wanted to pursue her career as an actress and she was casted in the play ‘I Case You Forget’, but failed to make any impact. She then took the job of a waitress in Red Lobster, but fired due to her misbehavior with the customers. She got fired from several jobs due to the same reason. She also held the positions like customer service representative, administrative assistant and even office manager role with an unknown company situated on the Wall Street.