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Nicki Minaj

1982-12-08 Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

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Onika Tanya Maraj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. Her father, Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, is of Indo-Trinidadian and Afro-Trinidadian descent. Her mother, Carol Maraj, also a gospel singer, is of Afro-Trinidadian ancestry. As a small child, Minaj and a sibling lived with her grandmother in Saint James. Her mother, who had moved to The Bronx, New York to attend Monroe College and brought her husband six months later, brought them to Queens, New York, when Minaj was 5. Minaj successfully auditioned for admission to LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, which focuses on visual and performing arts. After graduation, Minaj wanted to become an actress, and she was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001. When her acting career failed to take off, at age 19 she worked as a waitress at Red Lobster in the Bronx, but was fired for discourtesy to customers She said she was fired from "at least fifteen jobs" for similar reasons. Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009. She has been signed to Young Money Entertainment since 2009. Minaj's first and second studio albums, Pink Friday (2010) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the successful singles "Super Bass" and "Starships", respectively. In 2010, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014), was preceded by its second single, "Anaconda", which peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, followed by supporting roles in The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.


The Angry Birds Movie 2 Pinky (voice) 2019-08-02
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. Herself (archival footage) 2018-09-21
Swish Swish Herself 2017-08-24
Double Dutchess: Seeing Double 2017-09-08
Nicki Minaj: Live From Brooklyn Nicki Minaj 2016-12-31
Barbershop: The Next Cut Draya 2016-04-15
Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Steffie (voice) 2016-03-20
Charli XCX: The F-Word and Me Herself (archive footage) 2015-11-24
The Pinkprint Movie Nicki 2014-12-19
iHeartRadio Music Festival Herself - Singer 2014-09-19
The Other Woman Lydia 2014-04-16
On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z 2014-09-20
Ice Age: Continental Drift Steffie (voice) 2012-06-26
Britney Spears: The Femme Fatale Tour Herself 2011-11-21
My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop 2010-08-30
The Carter 2009-01-01