Nicki Minaj (born: Onika Tanya Maraj; December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian rapper, singer-songwriter, T.V. personality & actress. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. When she was five years old, she moved to the New York City borough of Queens.
She has a vast discography that includes her three mixtapes released from 2007 to 2009, her debut studio album Pink Friday released in 2010, her sophomore studio album titled Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded released in 2012, followed by the reissue of the former called Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up released the same year, and her third studio album, The Pinkprint, released in 2014. She also has three collaboration albums with her labelmates from Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records: We Are Young Money (2009), Rich Gang (2013), and Young Money: Rise of an Empire (2014). She is also noted for her numerous featured songs, most notably "My Chick Bad", "Bottoms Up", "Make Me Proud", "Dance (A$$) (Remix)", "Turn Me On", "Girl On Fire (Inferno Version)", and "Beauty and a Beat." Minaj also spawned her own successful singles including "Your Love", "Right Thru Me", "Moment 4 Life", "Super Bass", "Did It On'em", "Fly", "Starships", "Beez in the Trap", "Pound the Alarm", "Va Va Voom", "High School", "Anaconda", "Only", and "The Night Is Still Young".
Minaj is the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with over forty-four appearances. She has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, Pepsi, Beats Electronics, Myx Fusions, and K-Mart. She has ventured into work as a voice actress in Ice Age: Continental Drift and will be making her acting debut in the 2014 film The Other Woman. She has earned seven BET Awards, four American Music Awards, two MTV Music Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and Billboard's 2011 Rising Star.