Nicki Minaj is currently one of the most popular female rappers in the hip-hop industry in America. Her unique voice and vigorous fast method of rapping has made her a popular choice to people as a solo artist and also for featuring in songs of other rappers. This also helped her become an established TV host and an icon for female empowerment.
Aside from her music, she’s also known in the industry from her loud fashion statement by wearing bright colored makeup and having avant-garde hairstyles. She manages to match everything by wearing unconventional costumes and other kinds of outfits.
She managed to survive a difficult childhood where she had to go through a drug-addicted father. Her family used to live in Spain and eventually transferred to New York so they can find a new opportunity in life. She was able to live by working multiple jobs while also meeting people who had connections to the music industry, eventually launching herself into stardom.
If you want to know more about this kind of inspirational artist then keep reading. We’ll show you everything there is to know about her like her career, personal life, net worth, and more.
Celebrity Name: Nicki Minaj
Full Name: Onika Tanya Maraj
Birthday: December 8, 1982
Place of Origin: Saint James, Port of Spain
Height: 5’2” ft
Weight: 62 Kg
Nationality: American, Trinidadian
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Husband: Kenneth Perry
Profession: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Total Net Worth: $100 million
Early Life and Childhood
Onika Tanya Maraj or more commonly known as Nicki Minaj was born on the 8th of December 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad. Her parents were Robert Maraj, a financial executive, and Carol Maraj, a foreign exchange teller who also became a gospel singer. She was one of five siblings namely her brothers Brandon and Michaiah, and her sisters Ming and Jelani.
While Nicki was still young, her parents moved to New York to find living so she had to live with her grandmother until she finally moved to the US when she was 5 years old. During this point in her childhood, she had to face an abusive drug-addicted father, especially to her mother.
After graduating from high school, she had unsuccessful attempts on finding a career in acting. She had to work several jobs in order to support herself, though it’s said that she was fired from her jobs due to poor customer service.
During her career, Nicki had multiple known relationships, her first known one was with Safaree Samuels in 2000. They had a long-term relationship until their breakup in 2014. She then dated the rapper, Meek Mill, in 2015 and eventually got engaged. Though this didn’t come to fruition as they broke up back in 2017.
Nichi eventually dated her childhood friend Kenneth Perry where they eventually got married back in 2019. Though the couple had a few problems as his husband became a registered sex offender as he was convicted of rape from an old case back in 1995.
In 2015, her brother Jelani Maraj had gotten himself arrested due to several charges of domestic abuse to his step-daughter. Although he’s claimed that these charges were untrue, the jury still found him guilty of child endangerment and sexual assault.
Career as a Hip-hop Artist
Nicki started her career in rap by joining a rap group called “The Hoodstars”, wherein 2004, they were able to record the song “Don’t mess with”. The song eventually became part of a compilation album for WWE with the title “ThemeAddict WWE The Music, Vol. 6”. She eventually left the group and proceeded to post her songs in Myspace.
Her songs were able to catch the attention of the CEO of “Dirty Money Entertainment”, Fendi. The song in the mixtape called “I Get Crazy” was able to get the attention of Lil Wayne. Nicki eventually got signed up with his record label “Young Money Entertainment” which helped her feature in several songs from Robin Thicke and Mariah Carey.
By 2010, she released her debut album “Massive Attack” where the song “Your Love” was able to reach no.14 on the “Billboard Hot 100”. Her next single “Super Bass” also manages to hit the Billboard Hot 100 and went octuple-platinum in the United States.
Minaj continued to release more albums in the following years such as “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, “The Pinkprint”, and “Queen”. The success of her multiple albums helped solidify her as one of the most influential rappers in the music industry.
Other Career Ventures
Aside from Nicki’s successful rap career, she’s also ventured into the TV and movie industry. In 2012, she became the voice of “Steffie” in the animated film “Ice Age: Continental Drift”. She also became one of the judges of the TV show “American Idol” along with a few recurring celebrities Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, and Keith Urban.
She also had a career in the movie industry where had an appearance in the 2014 film “The Other Woman” which starred Cameron Diaz.
Nicki Minaj Awards and Nominations
With the rapper’s successful career, she was able to win multiple awards and nominations to her belt. The total count of her awards has reached an astonishing amount of 154 while she also got nominated for more than 400 times.
More than a dozen of her songs have managed to reach the top ranks of the Billboard Charts. She’s also been able to win a few awards from the BET, BET Hip-hop Awards, American Music Awards, and Worl Music Awards.
Nicki has also been nominated with multiple Grammy Awards during the years although she still hasn’t been able to win yet.
Nicki Minaj Total Net Worth
With the popularity of Nicki’s songs and the multiple albums that people have bought from her, she’s managed to amount an outstanding $100 million dollars. Though this number will probably increase the more songs that she’s able to share with the masses.