Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York, Minaj gained public recognition after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 to 2009 and subsequently signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Minaj's first and second studio albums, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the successful singles "Super Bass" and "Starships", respectively.
In 2010, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint, was preceded by its second single, "Anaconda", which peaked at number two on the Hot 100.
Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, followed by supporting roles in The Other Woman and Barbershop: The Next Cut. In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.
Her fourth studio album, Queen, was released in 2018. Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List, with a New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be "the most influential female rapper of all time".
In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney.
Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. She has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a female artist in the chart's history while being ninth overall. Minaj has often been dubbed "The Princess of Rap" by media outlets.
In December 2018, Minaj began dating childhood friend Kenneth "Zoo" Petty. She filed for a marriage license in August 2019. She announced their official marriage on October 21 of that same year. She hyphenated her husband's last name with hers upon marriage, becoming Maraj-Petty.
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