February 13th, 2012
01:56 PM ET
As promised, Nicki Minaj's performance at Sunday's Grammy Awards did offer plenty to talk about, and it's also riled the Catholic League.
The rapper/singer turned in a performance riddled with nods to religion, from her stroll down the red carpet accompanied by a pope lookalike, to the confession that opened her performance, to the "exorcism" of her alter-ego, Roman, in a pre-taped skit.
While performing her single "Roman Holiday," Minaj was surrounded by choir boys and monks (who could also bust a few moves) and eventually began to levitate high above the stage.
After seeing that, the Catholic League issued a statement inquiring as to whether Minaj is actually possessed.
To the Catholic League's president, Bill Donohue, "perhaps the most vulgar part" of Minaj's show was "the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer."
Donohue asserts in his statement that "none of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of the Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam."
What did you think of Minaj's performance?
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