Nicki Minaj turned 38 years on Tuesday, December 8. The American-Trinidadian rapper is one of the most successful female rappers in the world. She is also considered one of the most influential musicians on the globe.
Nicki has collaborated with the world's greatest artists such as rappers Drake and Lil Wayne and singers Beyoncé and Chris Brown, among many others. The superstar has millions of fans, called "the Barbz". They have taken to social media to wish their fave a happy birthday.
Nicki is still determined to work hard and drop more music for her fans despite being one of the most successful artist in the whole world. She's working on her latest album at the moment. Legit.ng takes a look at six cool facts as the Moment 4 Life hitmaker celebrates her 38th birthday.
1. Early life
Nicki Minaj was born in the Saint James District of Port of Spain and raised in Queens, New York. Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty. She gained public recognition in the US after she dropped the mixtapes Playtime Is Over in 2007, Sucka Free in 2008, and Beam Me Up Scotty in 2009.
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2. Debut album
Nicki dropped her debut studio album titled Pink Friday in 2010 after Lil Wayne signed her to his Young Money Entertainment in 2009. The project peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The body of work also yielded Minaj's first Billboard Hot 100 top-five single called Super Bass.
3. Acting career
Outside of rap music, Nicki's film career has included voice roles in the animated films Ice Age: Continental Drift which premiered in 2012, and The Angry Birds Movie 2 in 2019. The stunner has also bagged supporting roles in the comedy films The Other Woman in 2014 and Barbershop: The Next Cut which was released in 2016.
4. Accolades and nominations
The gorgeous rapper has won numerous awards since she became a professional recording artist, including six American Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and two Billboard Women in Music Awards. Nicki has also been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards.
5. Business ventures
She has a prominent line of fragrances that were first launched in September 2012. She partnered with 'Give Back Brands' to introduce her first fragrance called Pink Friday. The fragrance was nominated for three 2013 FiFi Awards for Fragrance of the Year, Best Packaging, and Media Campaign of the Year.
In December 2018, Nicki began dating her childhood friend Kenneth "Zoo" Petty. They filed for a marriage licence in August 2019. The Your Love hitmaker announced that they had officially married on 21 October. In July 2020, she announced on Instagram that she was expecting her first bundle of joy. Nicki gave birth to a son on September 30, 2020.
In other news, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian lady on hijab asked if she looked like Nicki Minaj.
While some people appreciated how really beautiful she is, others came under her photos to criticise the comparison, saying a woman of 'virtue' should not be comparing herself with someone who is 'wayward'.
There were others who said she looks more beautiful than the Pills and Portion crooner.