Nicki Minaj To Mariah Carey On ‘American Idol’: ‘Simmer Down, Sir’

By Carolyn Amurao

Even though there was a lot of drama leading up to this season of “American Idol,” Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have managed to stay quite cordial on the show. Sure there have been a few eye rolls here and disapproving looks there, but last night (April 18) is when things really heated up. While the final five girls battled it out onstage to make it into the finals, the divas had their own battle going on the judging panel.

After Kree Harrison’s rendition of the Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels,” Nicki Minaj said she disagreed with Mariah’s critique. Mariah (who inspired some of the evening’s song choices) then started to defend what she said as the two talked over each other and her final (audible) words were, “I disagree with your disagreement.”

Minaj, putting an end to the back and forth said, “Simmer down, sir” and continued on with her comments. This was definitely a highlight of the night even though the rapper judge is known for her (seemingly uncontrollable) tendency to call people weird things. And while “sir” isn’t the oddest way she’s addressed people, it’s certainly the last thing we’d think to call one of the greatest (female) singers of our time.

Later in the show, however, Nicki showed some love for her fellow judge when vocal powerhouse Candice Glover sang “When You Believe” by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Glover’s performance prompted Nicki to recall memories of listening to the song “over and over,” crying because the lyrics really resonated with her. “That is how you do a Mariah Carey-Whitney Houston song!” she added.

Mariah, trying not to get emotional as she remembered working with the late great Houston, looked over at Minaj with a humbled expression. This moment showed that when it comes to judging contestants, the two may butt heads; but that doesn’t mean they don’t show respect for one another. At the end of the day, Queen Barbz is a Mariah fan just like the rest of us—and Mariah knows she’s worthy of the praise.