- Moved to Queens, NY, from Trinidad as a child.
- Had a difficult childhood: her father was a drug addict who once tried to burn down their house.
- Played the clarinet in middle school.
- Discovered via her MySpace page in 2007 by Dirty Money CEO Fendi.
- Released three acclaimed mixtapes before signing with Lil Wayne's Young Money label in 2009.
- Named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards.
- Appeared on an array of songs by other artists prior to recording her debut Pink Friday album, including hits by Mariah Carey, Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Kayne West.
- Set a record in October 2010 by having seven singles in the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time: her own "Your Love" as well as guest turns on songs by Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Usher, Sean Kingston and Jay Sean.
- Won Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2010 BET Awards.
- 2013, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Winner
- 2016, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Winner
- Carol Maraj — Mother
- Meek Mill — Significant Other
Next On TVSee all »
Thu Sep 29 1:30amSeason 1, Episode 4 REELZI’ll Watch5 Watching
- Birth Name: Onika Tanya Maraj
- Birth Place: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
- Birthday: December 8, 1982, Sagittarius
- Profession: Rap artist, Singer
Trending TonightSee all »
And one of Judith Light's most embarrassing moments
I am Nicki Minaj: The Unauthorized Biography of one of the Greatest Female Hip Hop Stars to Ever Walk Earth
By CreateSpace Independent Publishing PlatformBuy New: $19.95
Spike Lee, BabyFace Edmonds, Eddie Murphy, Nicki Minaj: All Three Dudes Fantasize about Nicki Minaj in Barbershop 3 nude while shooting Chi-RaQ, ......
By CreateSpace Independent Publishing PlatformBuy New: $845.00
By Omnibus PressBuy New: $15.95