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The 2012 Grammy Awards were held on February 14, 2012.
PerformanceEditNicki Minaj's 2012 Grammys Performance of "Roman Holiday" was one of the most controversial performances of the year, though Minaj stood by it as her best performance to date.
She performed a short snippet of "Roman's Revenge" then cut to a video interlude and then came back to the stage with "Roman Holiday".
The performance shows Nicki Minaj's alter ego Roman Zolanski rapping the beginning of "Roman's Revenge:" I am not Jasmine I am Aladin so far ahead these bums is laggin, see me in that new thing bums is gagging, I'm starting to feel like a dungeon dragon. After that he continues next to a priest singing scratched lyrics of "Roman's Revenge." Then, roars a quick burst, the room goes dark, and the screens show "The Exorcism of Roman." A door opens and an old woman says to the priest that "he's not okay" and is upstairs. Once the priest goes upstairs Roman stands at a mirror putting on lipstick saying he is pretty. The priest asks him his name and he screams ROMAN. From there he is hung in chains as "Roman Holiday" plays in the background as he says "stop it mother please."
The religious aspect of Minaj's performance was said to be disrespectful towards the Catholic Church. But as said in an invterview with Extra: " I've been doing theater my whole life.....you are doing a musical, right? So if you saw a scene with a church is that blasphemous? What I do is art and they have something that seems a little offensive it's still art, if you don't like it then you don't have to look." Also this was said to have illuminati symbolism.