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Nicki Minaj

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.

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Dec 8, 1982 In Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Movie Feels Good Man 2020-09-04
Known For
Poster of Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade
Poster of The Other Woman
Poster of Ice Age: Continental Drift
Movie Feels Good Man Self (archive footage) 2020-09-04
Movie The Angry Birds Movie 2 Pinky (voice) 2019-08-02
Movie Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. Herself (archive footage) 2018-09-21
Movie Double Dutchess: Seeing Double 2017-09-08
Movie Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Steffie (voice) 2016-03-19
Movie Barbershop: The Next Cut Draya 2016-04-15
Movie The Pinkprint Tour: Live From Brooklyn Nicki Minaj 2016-12-31
Movie Nicki Minaj: My Time Again Herself 2015-01-18
Movie Charli XCX: The F-Word and Me Self (archive footage) 2015-11-24
Movie The Other Woman Lydia 2014-04-16
Movie iHeartRadio Music Festival Self 2014-09-19
Movie The Pinkprint Movie Nicki 2014-12-19
Movie On The Run Tour Herself - Performer 2014-09-20
Movie Nicki Minaj: Pink Planet 2013-01-01
Movie Ice Age: Continental Drift Steffie (voice) 2012-06-27
Series Nicki Minaj: My Truth 2012-11-04
Movie Britney Spears Live - The Femme Fatale Tour Herself 2011-11-12
Movie My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop 2010-08-30
Movie The Carter 2009-01-15
Series Saturday Night Live Musical Guest 1975-10-11