Nicki Minaj (born Onika Tanya Maraj) is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer-songwriter and television personality.
Minaj's debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010), peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release. Her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), topped charts internationally and became one of the best-selling albums of 2012. Minaj has tentatively announced plans for a third studio album to be released in 2013. She featured as a voice actress in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, is currently serving as a judge on American Idol, and has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, and Pepsi. Minaj's work has earned her six BET Awards, four American Music Awards, two MTV Music Awards, an EMA and Billboard's 2011 Rising Star. She is the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List, with The New York Times suggesting that some consider her "the most influential female rapper of all time."
Minaj's weight has risen along with her fame, with her gaining hundreds and hundreds of pounds in just a few years. She has stated publicly that her goal is to become Super Sized and eventually outweigh rival American Idol judge Mariah Carey.
Minaj currently weighs 870 pounds.