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By Nadeska Alexis
It’d be difficult to miss Nicki Minaj these days even if you tried. On Sunday night she joined Madonna for a performance during the Super Bowl halftime show, and next Sunday night she’ll be front-and-center at the Grammys, before heading out to perform at the NBA All-Star Game. At her first Grammys performance, Minah will debut her new single “Roman Holiday,” and the following day she will roll out yet another Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded single, titled “Starships.”
On Monday, February 13, just a day after the Grammy telecast, Nicki’s “Starships” will premiere on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and make its way to iTunes shortly afterward.
Minaj gave fans the first preview of her sophomore album with the single “Roman in Moscow” back in November, followed by “Stupid Hoe” in December. The release of the Hype Williams-directed video for “Stupid Hoe” last month was accompanied by an announcement that her much-anticipated album would be pushed from its original February 14 release date to April 3.
“New Album Date: April 3rd. Pink Friday: ROMAN RELOADED,” Minaj wrote to her loyal followers on Twitter. “But have no fear. Tons of surprises before then . Love Always, HB.”
One of those surprises will come at this year’s Grammy Awards, where Nicki is set to perform a brand-new, unreleased single, “Roman Holiday” (the tune will also appear on Roman Reloaded). The performance will mark her first time on the Grammy stage, an honor she adds to noms for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album for her 2010 debut Pink Friday.
Cash Money Records CEO Birdman is among the few who have already heard Minaj’s new album, and he’s given it glowing reviews. “She’s grown so much as an artist. She’s so talented that this sh– is scary,” he told Complex. She really is the female Weezy. Hands down, she bad as a mother—-er. Her talents, skills and what she’s done with her music and the way she is in front of a camera. She’s just so talented to be so young. It’s a brand-new style. I’m just so glad she’s on our team.”
The 54th annual Grammy Awards are set to air Sunday, February 12, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.