Nicki Minaj (real name Onika Maraj) is a 26 year old Trinidad born music artist. She lived there with her grandma until moving to Queens, New York at age 5. Minaj has been very open about the abuse she experienced as a child living with a father who abused alcohol, drugs, and attempted to kill her mother in a house fire. She's said that during these difficult times she turned to music to help her cope. Growing up Minaj once worked at a Red Lobster and graduated from the performing arts La Guardia High School.
In 2008 Minaj won female artist of the year at the Underground Music awards but she got her big break in August 2009 when she was signed to Young Money Record Label. Her debut album Pink Friday is set to be released November 23, 2010, her first single off the album Your Love has hit #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot R&N/Hip Hop Songs charts. Your Love will be followed by her second single Right Through Me whicvh will be released closer to the album release date. Nicki has a twitter account that fans can go to to see the latest updates on the star.
Growing up Nicki created many altar egos to help her escape her reallity, the first being a character named Cookie, followed by one named Harjuku Barbie, and then came Nicki Minaj. In her upcoming album she raps as a character she's named Roman Zolanski. Minaj is excited for her fans to meet all of her altar egos. The singer has openly stated she is bi-curious, but doesn't believe sexuality is something that can define a person. She also desires to be a role model for young girls, showing them that there is more to women than just sex appeal.