Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj

Birth name

Onika Tanya Maraj


8 December 1982 (age 32)
Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


South Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States


Hip hop, R&B, pop


Rapper, singer, actress

Years active



Young Money, Cash Money, Republic

Associated acts

Drake, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill

Onika Tanya Maraj (born 8 December 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinadian-born American rapper, singer and actress. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in South Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 2007-2009. She signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009. 

Minaj's debut studio album, Pink Friday, was released in 2010 and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and spawned the top-three single "Super Bass". During that time, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was released two years later and also topped the chart, with its lead single, "Starships", peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Minaj's third studio album, The Pinkprint, was released in 2014 and was preceded by its second single, "Anaconda", which peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 and became her highest charting single in the United States to date. Minaj made her acting debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, and also had a supporting role in the 2014 film The Other Woman. In 2013, she was a main judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.

Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's Hottest MCs in the Game list. Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Minaj is known for her colourful costumes and wigs. In April 2013, Minaj became the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. She has won four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Award and five Billboard Music Awards.