Nicki Minaj: Grammys act was part of a movie
February 16th, 2012
09:00 PM ET

Nicki Minaj: Grammys act was part of a movie

Well, that certainly explains the theatrics.

Nicki Minaj's performance at the Grammys on Sunday, which centered on the "exorcism" of her alter-ego, Roman, left many viewers either disoriented, turned off or some combination of the two.

Between the religious overtones and overall oddness of Minaj's set, she didn't earn high marks from critics - but the rapper told reporters at an event for MAC's Viva Glam make-up line that her critics just didn't understand.

"I don't know, what is the big issue?" the rapper said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "You know how people write plays and movies? That's what I did. I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what's to come. And I have to perform it on the set in which the movie would be, right?"

For some reason, we're not sure the Catholic League would agree....

Would you be interested in seeing more of Minaj's movie?

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    February 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Mama Pie

    Onika should be ashamed of her high disrespect (as Trinidians are most assuredly ashamed of her.) Disrespecting religion (whether we understand that groups religion or not) should always be taboo. She be playing with more than the Catholic Church. She be calling out God. Shame, girl.

    February 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Boosie18

    Not A Good Performance Then Young Money Got The Nerve To Diss Jay z and Kanye West PLEEEAAAAASSSSSEEEEEE

    February 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tom

    She doesn't have real talent...except for outrageous costumes and performance art. Gaga has the same but has a fantastic voice, plays the hell out of a piano, writes beautiful music and is a intelligent speaker...this freak is just trying to cash in on the 'over the top' visual attempt to cover up she's really not that good.

    February 19, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Coolbreeze

    nicki minaj just another jig tryin to scam the public into thinking she got talent. what a joke!

    February 19, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ann R. Key

    I was raised as a Catholic and don't understand what was supposed to be so offensive to the church about that *performance*. The only thing I find offensive about Ms. Minaj is that she is wasting people's time having to watch what c r a p she is pushing on us as *entertainment*.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Coolbreeze

    Nicki Minaj is a talentless 'ho. It was all cr@p to get people talking about her. ignore her. that's what she deserves.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Debbie

    Well, thanks for the warning so we can stay away from the cinemas when that movie comes out. That was the most boring and worst performance (not just at this Grammy Award) but EVER. Yawn.

    February 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. really?

    Well, there are doctors for that. It could be serious.
    Take care.

    February 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bicuramach

    So... she's actually doing a movie about a marginally talented, flash-in-the-pan pop star who is so DESPERATE for attention that she tries to shock an audience by stealing Madonna's act from 20 years ago. It's "Borat" meets "Spinal Tap", right?

    February 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. roger


    February 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TeeterTotter

    It was a poor attempt toward performing.

    February 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Personally I am not a Nicki Minaj fan, but I can still recognize the girl has talent, charisma and something to offer pop culture. What Nicki did onstage was no different than when Madonna simulated masturbation while performing "Like a Virgin" during the Blonde Ambition tour in 1991, or when she grabbed her crotch in the 1989 "Express Yourself" video or anything she did for her 'Erotica' videos, or when she hung from a cross with a crown of thorns and sang "Live to Tell" in 2006. If Madonna did today what Nicki Minaj is now doing, it would not generate this buzz ... Minaj is an artist. Artists are not here to please everyone; the function of art is to make people talk and to make people question.

    February 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kristina

    While I thought the performance was strange, it wasn't strange by Nicki Manaj standards. She's a bit eccentric, and you either like her or you don't. I'm fan, still am..

    February 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Black Rat

    How come we black folks never see you racists folks in the streets it`s only on the internet for some strange reason. I guess being a internet racists is a billion dollar industry

    February 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • joulez

      Some of us white people are actually completely disgusted and disappointed at the racism still prevelent today. I guess you will always have ingnorant sad people in the world. I just teach my children to respect everyone who respects you and hope that they teach others not to hate.

      February 20, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Objectivereviewer

    Let's be fair. Entertainment is a business. An entertainer showcases his/her most attention-getting assets – e.g. T&A, dance moves, musical talent, stage antics, or any debateable obscenities that break social mores (like Elvis shaking his pelvis or Mozart's opera Idomoneo). Some day there may be 2girls1cup level antics, animal sacrifice in the name of religion, etc. Audiences and spectators should be honest just like the entertainers with regard to what the focus of the entertainment is. Don't judge Adele on her looks and antics because that's not what she's about any more than N Minaj is about musical talent. And if the audience or spectators cannot discern what the entertainer is showcasing, just look: if it's a person standing alone on the stage singing it's her voice; if it's a criple playing a violin, it's that; if it's a someone dressed like a "stupid hoe" writhing around amongst pyrotechnics wearing clown makeup, it's those effects. What's the problem? Stop judging by applying your own criteria to something that doesn't apply.

    February 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Crys

    If I were to say the contents of the performance was offensive, then I would have to say the same about films, TV shows, and other musical acts that focused on demon possession/exorcisms. I'm not quite ready to go there, but it lacked consideration for those who would take offense to such a performance. I do, however, find that it was offensive to the ears. Nicki is perfectly free to make movies or videos, but the Grammy Awards is not the place for placing theatrics above the music. If that is a preview of things to come, I'm sure her career will be ending very soon.

    February 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ?

    If she could stop going into that Joan Rivers voice when she raps it'd go a long way towards me being able to stand her. Seriously, what happened to hip-hop?

    February 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  21. kccheers

    Niggi Minaj.....'nuff said. Tasteless.......

    February 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  22. tracie

    my butt is extra smelly today

    February 17, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • sheree

      lol i guess that makes you a jiggaboo according to scott definition

      February 17, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  23. tracie

    they want to smell my butt

    February 17, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  24. Chrissy

    They better not get me ! ILL sling some banannas at them to distract them. They are always trying to get us white wimmen.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • sheree

      i have no idea what wimmen means maybe its a new word you could teach all of the poor little jiggaboos....btw its bananas

      February 17, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  25. sheree

    LOL its amazing to me how this has become a race issue...smh...idiots and ignorance comes in ALL RACES i.e. scott chrissy emory and nicki minaj....looks like you guys have something in common with her lol....thx for the laugh guys its sad but funny to see that ignorance still runs rampant and calls itself out for the jiggaboos and the wild apes theyre gonna get ya!!!

    February 17, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  26. Chrissy

    What if we made fun of Kwanza? I bet African Americans would go wild. They already act like wild apes so I guess we wouldnt notice the difference.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  27. scott

    Jiggs will be jiggs.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  28. scott

    Yep. Just another smelly j!ggaboo acting like a j!ggaboo. They are all trashy animals that dont take baths or use deodorant.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  29. emory

    Its just not a big deal. She is just a black person acting like a black person. All blacks like to try and show out in public. Thats just the way j!ggs are.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  30. Sly Sadie

    I pretty much agree with everyone here. I wasn't so upset over the theme of the performance, but just how extremely bad the whole thing was. The song was terrible. Her performance was terrible. I sat through the whole thing thinking, huh? Not being a fan, didn't quite know what to expect from her. I could never be a fan of hers after seeing her performance. What was the Grammy's thinking letting her do this act? That was on them! They could have just said no to her.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  31. Mark Fartz

    What offends me the most is that everyone seems to be going on and on about how offensive the performance was because of the Catholic imagery, but noone seems to be talking about the fact that the song itself was just horrible. Not even all of those theatrics could cover up that sorry excuse for a song. It's like that one song in a musical where the writers just phoned it in, they've already written all the memorable numbers and needed one more song to fill a scene....and this is her lead single? wow, this album is gonna be horrible. I could see this slipping through the cracks and happening on the mtv music awards, but the Grammys? Lol, GRAMMY PRODUCER 1:"well we've goT 'Roman Holiday' by Nicki Minaj followed up by Paul Mccartney playing the closing medley to Abbey Road...." GRAMMY PRODUCER 2: "Ok, yeah man, sounds like a well balanced lineup...." Can you imagine listening to that song without the distraction of all the fire, priests, alter boys, etc.? Good god man.

    February 17, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  32. kcv

    It was a sad, desperate, performance that anyone could see through. She was hoping this would give her GaGa/Madonna type controversy thinking she would be a household name by the next morning. Kind of think she has a little talent as a rapper/singer; however, the gimmicks will never allow anyone to see that. Even Lil Wayne said she could do better....that says a lot right there! The fake butts, the screaming, offending other people's religion is old and tired Nikki!

    February 17, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
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    February 17, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  34. Ufudu

    Foolish act from a foolish artist desparate to have few minutes of fame

    February 17, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  35. trinity911

    "Would you be interested in seeing more of Minaj's movie?"

    Is that a serious question?

    I could never see the name Nicki Minaj or hear any music that her voice in it...and I use the word voice loosely...and be perfectly happy.

    February 17, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  36. Little Rich

    Not a Nicki Minaj fan, and I didn't watch this year's Grammys, but here's my bit:

    When the catholic priests can learn to keep their hands off little boys and admit a little science (just a little won't hurt, will it?), and get rid of their Nazi leader then I *might* care what the catholic league has to say.

    February 17, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • MMNKY

      Just because some priests molest boys, that doesn't mean they all do. It's like saying all Republicans are narrow minded, or all Democrats are big mouths. As for calling the Pope a Nazi, WOW, you're an idiot!

      February 17, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • joulez

      haha...i agree. who cares about the catholic cult...but who cares about N.Minaj either.

      February 20, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  37. Celeste

    Wow! Her performance at the Grammy's was shocking and offensive to me as a Catholic and as a human being. I was more offended and surprised by the fact that the Recording Academy allowed it to be performed. It was obvious to me that she is a very confused young woman. But, on her way to self discovery, it is very sad she chooses to mock and offend the Catholic Faith. No, I have no interest in seeing her movie.

    February 17, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  38. swagg

    not cool richard fore not cool

    February 17, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  39. @richard

    why are we not surprised by that!

    February 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dewey

    I watched a totally tasteless performance by a woman that was supposedly talented. I would never purchase any of her music or go to her concert. Disgusting........

    February 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marissa

      I agree and hope her career is over. I will never buy any of her music again – she is a complete joke to the industry. She used to be decent, but now she's just a clown. She showcased no talent and her work has completely disintegrated over time into a plastic, glittery, empty version of hip-hop. Also – who would ever make a movie about her "Roman' alter ego, who consists of her making a stupid face saying 'RAH RAH RAH"

      February 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Dee

    Oh my..All through the whole thing I was in shock. I thought my tv was broke. What in the world was that insane stuff all about. I don't know alot about Nicki Minaj or do I want to. I thought the thing was just awful and a total fail.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Jimbo

    The Grammys are supposed to reflect and award talent, not hype and putting a show with pyrotechnics and writhing on the floor. Nicki Minaj can go to any award show to do that. But this is the Grammys. She should show more respect to the musicians performing than this.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Hi-Boi

    Pass. The performance was a disaster. Period.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Christian Blogger

    Who cares what Ms. Minaj does or think. She just tried to look for a show that would give her 5 minutes of fame, if that makes her happy, let her enjoy it. People who do this or express this type of behavior are very empty spirited people and very un-joyful, but when they go through the trials of life, and they experience that we alone cannot control life’s trails, we will reach bottom and fall to our knees, at that time we will learn that we have to reach out to a greater power (GOD), trust him with all of our heart and he will give us the strength, joy and peace to live life at its all depends by path we want to take, the path of the material world and men or the path of our God and savior. GOD BLESS and guide Ms. Minaj. She is just 29 years old, the Church is over 2000....I mean the Church, not men; the Church...will talk 2000 years from now and will see who persevered....Amen.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |

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