Nicki Minaj is born as Onika Tanya Maraj in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago to Robert Maraj and Carol Maraj. Her father works as a financial executive while her mother is an accounting clerk. She has two brothers and a sister. She attends the Clarence Witherspoon School in Queens.
I don’t think I had lot of discipline in my home. My mom motivated me, but it wasn’t a strict household.
Robin Thicke ft. Nicki Minaj perform Shakin It 4 Daddy during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote his album Sex Therapy: The Session.
Minaj releases official music video for the single Massive Attack.
Minaj releases Your Love music video from Pink Friday album.
Songz releases the music video for Bottoms Up featuring Nicki Minaj from his album Trigga. Directed by Anthony Mandler the video features Minaj and Songz performing in a packed night club.
She (Nicki) killed it. I think it was her best verse before Monster. We were supposed to (work) together for Ready actually, but we couldn’t figure out the right record.
West releases Monster featuring Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Jay-Z from his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, directed by Jake Nava. The video features Minaj holding her self captive and torturing herself. Ross:
It was a moment in history. I knew then she’s one of the greatest. I was actually in the studio with Kanye in Hawaii when he played the concept for me. I was blown away. I had the opportunity to sit in the studio while Nicki wrote her verse just off the record. That was when she earned my respect as a lyricist. She was a dope entertainer up until that day that I sat in the studio and watched her come up with what I feel is one of the dopest verses of the year.
Will.I.Am and Nicki Minaj perform Check It Out during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote Minaj album Pink Friday.
Williams interviews Minaj and questions her on why her father burned their house down.
No he did. It wasn’t an attempt, he did burn the house down and my mother was in the house. She had to like you know run out at the last-minute, but she had a dream the night before that the house was gonna get burned down. So she, me and my brother were not in the house. She had us sleep at a friend’s house.
Nicki Minaj performs single Right Through Me on The Wendy Williams show to promote her debut album, Pink Friday.
Minaj performs Moment For Life during Dancing With The Stars promoting her album Pink Friday.
Minaj performs SuperBass during the Billboard Music Awards show to promote her album Pink Friday.
Guetta releases the music video for Where Them Girls At featuring Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida. The song is off of Guetta’s album, Nothing But the Beat.
Minaj performs Superbass on Good Morning America from her album Pink Friday.
Birdman releases YU Mad video featuring Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne from the album Bigga Than Life. Directed by Gil Green the video features minaj dressed as the female version of Lil Wayne performing with Wayne and Birdman. Birdman:
Nicki gave me that song. She called me one day like, ‘Stunna, I got a record for you I think you would like. I jumped on it and put my son on it. I liked it from the start. Working with Nicki is just special anyway and I felt good about it, so we rocked with it.
Minaj performs Superbass at The Victoria Secret Fashion Show from her album Pink Friday.
Guetta releases the music video for Turn Me On featuring Minaj. The song is off of Guetta’s album, Nothing But the Beat.
Paper Magazine features Minaj on the cover of their Spring Fashion Issue. The issue also features an interview on Minaj’s fashion experience and new album.
The album is like a collage of all my emotions. I am not sticking to any particular style. I am doing what I feel without restrictions. So it’s very free and very me.
Minaj performs Roman Holiday at the Grammys.
Minaj delivers a performance of the song Roman Holiday. While performing, Minaj is chained up to a wooden board as a priest circles around her.
Minaj performs Roman Holiday during the Grammy Awards promoting her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Minaj performs a theatrical skit along with the song Romans Revenge at the Grammy Awards.
Seacrest interviews Minaj during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about performing Roman Holiday at the Grammys.
The Grammys chose ‘Roman Holiday.’ The producers of the Grammys came into the studio, and they heard ‘Roman Holiday’ and I could not play them another record after they heard that. I could have chosen to do a no-brainer pop song, but I can’t do it anymore. I have to stay true to what I’m doing.
Minaj gives an interview for Vibe Magazine. In the interview she talks about her second album Pink Friday: Roman’s Revenge and her experience as a female rapper.
It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around. I don’t really like the sound of that, ‘cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I’m just very black and white when it comes to my business. There’s really no gray area. I really don’t have a lot of small talk with people I work with. It’s pretty much let’s get the job done. In the beginning, if people didn’t know me they’d probably assume I wasn’t smart or wasn’t business savvy. But once you sit and talk to me, it’s a different story.
Minaj appears on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Allure magazine. She talks about her younger fans, her hair when she was nine, and her plans of world domination.
I also can put on a very cartoonish voice. So sometimes children may not know what I’m saying, but they like the sound of it, and they think I sound like some weird character.
Nicki Minaj performs Right By My Side and Starships during The Ellen Show to promote her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, The Re-Up.
Minaj releases Right By My Side featuring Chris Brown video from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Directed by Diane Martel the video features Minaj and rapper Nas as a couple. When asked about the kiss the two shared during the video Minaj states:
You know, what? It worked. It was hip-hop Queens, royalty. Outside of the kiss, it just had so much chemistry. It seemed like a real relationship, a real hood relationship and I wanted to portray that. I wanted the song to feel like your around the way relationship.
Minaj performs Champion accompanied by a live orchestra at the BET Awards. 2 Chainz joins her when she delivers the song Beez in the Trap.
Minaj performs Pound The Alarm during The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to promote her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Minaj starts the first day of her North American Pink Friday tour by performing a 90 minute set in Chicago IL, at the Chicago Center.
Minaj releases Pound The Alarm video from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Directed by Benny Boom the video features Minaj dressed in a feather Carnivàle costume, rapping in a parade, in her home country of Trinidad.
Minaj wins best hip hop video for the single Super Bass at the MTV Music Video Awards.
And the Barbz. I love you, Barbz. I love you so much. And MTV, I thank you.
B.O.B releases music video for his single Out Of My Mind ft. Nicki Minaj from his album Strange Clouds. In the video directed by Benny Boom, Bobby Ray gets admitted into a psychiatric hospital and Nicki Minaj plays the part of the doctor.
Minaj releases the album cover for her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up.
It’s a different feel, so I knew I had to put it on a separate disc the new songs, but it wasn’t an entire new thought and new body of work. Because I like to give a lot of music and so that’s why I didn’t want to do a whole new project. Because then I would feel like it would be judged as a brand new thing and then I would need to add way more songs.
Justin Bieber releases Beauty And A Beat ft. Nicki Minaj from his album Believe. Co-directed by Bieber and Jon Chu the video features stolen personal footage of Bieber and Minaj having a party.
Since i was 14 i have had a lot of things said about me, from dying, to taking hormones, to dying again, to stuff about my family to saying i had a baby with a woman i never even met. Nude pics, drugs, my family, my character but today today i get to be in on it.
Minaj releases the video for The Boys ft. Cassie from her album Pink Friday: The Re-Up. Directed by Collin Tilley the video features cassie and Minaj performing in a pink polka-dot bubble gum room.
Seacrest interviews Minaj during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and asks her what her Holloween costume will be.
I think going to probably go as Miley Cyrus. Because she is going as me and I just saw her picture on Twitter. I could do the short blonde buzz-cut like Miley. Check out the pic of Miley in costume below.
Minaj releases official TV commercial for her Pink Friday fragrance.
Minaj performs single Right Through Me, from her latest album Pink Friday, on The Wendy Williams Show.
Minaj performs the single Freedom at the 2012 American Music Awards.
Minaj performs Freedom during the American Music Awards promoting her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Minaj releases music video for the single Freedom.
Nicki Minaj performs Freedom during The Ellen Show to promote her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded- The Re-up.
Minaj joins American Idol as a judge for the shows 12th season.
Minaj is featured on the cover of Elle magazine. Minaj answers questions inside the issue about her new image for the cover, her childhood and how all women should command respect.
When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes you know, nothing I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.
Minaj releases special edition of her Pink Friday perfume.
My fascination with changing my look is a way to express myself creatively. Pink Friday, my first fragrance, is a reflection of me. While introducing a unique collectible bottle, I wanted to give my Barbz a special edition fragrance to wear, adding a bit of dimension and playfulness to the original scent.
Minaj release High School ft. Lil Wayne music video from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, directed from Benny Boom.
Wayne said we had to kiss for the video. He was like, one thing that’s going to sell it is if we really kiss. I’m like, ehh. Not only is he my boss, but he’s also like my brother. It’s very weird because I’m just used to Wayne making fun of me, and all of Young Money boys making fun of me, so every time they yelled “Cut!” I was just being picked on.
Minaj releases the music video for the single Up In Flames from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded –The Re-Up. The video directed by features motorcycle stunts and Minaj playing the piano. When questioned about the controversy of the video Minaj states:
If a dude was on a that song with me, everyone would’ve talked about it and they would [argue] ‘who had the best verse,’ but when I put a song out by myself. [It’s] because men run the hip-hop game. Let’s be honest, they’re the [radio] program directors, they wanna be able to rap stuff and they’re not gonna recite a female [verse]. They just feel funny and it is what it is.
Minaj is featured on the cover of Teen Vogue’s June/July issue. Inside the issue is a Q&A in which she is asked why she no longer listens to critics.
I used to read the bad things people said about me, then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.