(Minaj wins Best Hip-Hop Artist award at the 2011 AMAs)
By Henna Kathiya
On December 8, Nicki Minaj celebrates her 29th birthday and there’s no doubt that Young Money’s first lady has had quite a year. In 2011 she picked up a Grammy nomination, saw herself immortalized as a Barbie doll and announced the release of her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. To celebrate her Minajesty’s birthday, we’ve assembled a few video clips of her accomplishments from the past year, along with some classic Nicki moments.
The Young Money rapper tours with Britney Spears.
Nicki joined Britney Spears on tour this year, and she was surprised to find that Britney’s fans were able to vibe with her completely. “I didn’t really expect them to know all of the records, but i guess it transcends all genres of music at this point,” she said.
Nicki picks up an award for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2011 VMAs.
Who can forget Nicki’s futuristic candy-pop, Harajuku-esque, club kid ensemble at this year’s VMAs? Her outfit definitely caught everyone’s eyes when she went up to accept her first moonman for Best Hip-Hop Video award for her hit “Super Bass.”
Minaj introduces her latest alter-ego ‘Female Weezy.’
As the queen of alter egos, Nicki is always ready to jump into a new character. A personal favorite is her character ‘Female Weezy.’ Complete with boyish clothes and a blonde dreadlocked wig, the self-proclaimed Barbie effortlessly imitates her mentor’s slow Southern drawl. Being the chameleon that she is, the rapstress manages to keep a straight face during the duration of this hilarious interview.
Nicki adds acting to her to-do list
Speaking of her ability to play multiple characters, the Harajuku princess told MTV News at the MTV Movies Awards that she would like to test out her acting chops by working on some movies. Her first choices for male co-stars? Will Smith and Ashton Kutcher interestingly enough.
Minaj announces her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
MTV News caught up with Nicki at the Billboard’s Women in Music event where she broke down the first single from her second album set to drop Valentine’s Day of next year. The rap starlet described the back story behind the song and described it as the “trailer for the next album. ” “When I say it’s a teaser, it’s like a trailer to the movie, it’s like setting the stage and I just wanted to touch the surface. It’s the wackest thing on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”
Happy Birthday Nicki!