An early incarnation was "Cookie," then came "Harajuku Barbie" before finally settling on Nicki Minaj. (2009), showcased Minaj's female swagger and out-front style.
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She told singer Jennifer Lopez, then a judge on the show, to "scoot over a little bit" to make room for her at the judges' table.
Rumors then flew of a feud between Minaj and Lopez, which Minaj later dismissed.
The infectious dance song "Starships" was the first breakout single.
"Pound the Alarm" soon followed, and as did "Va Va Voom." She went on to perform "Roman Holiday" at the Grammy Awards the same year.
Minaj and Carey got into an argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Minaj storming off stage.
Carey later claimed that Minaj threatened her with physical harm and decided to hire extra security as a result, according to the New York Daily News.Entertainment Weekly’s Brad Wete was reminded of “her labelmate Drake — fully aware of how amazing she is, but also how fragile.” Minaj displayed a range of alter-egos on her releases, including Onika, Nicki Lewinsky and Roman Zolanski.In March 2012, Minaj made a guest appearance on the popular television competition .She provided the voice of mammoth Steffie in 2012’s .She has fronted a number of endorsement deals and advertising campaigns, including MAC Cosmetics, Adidas Originals and Pepsi, and has her own fragrance line."I've always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind," she told Details magazine, "because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn't be.