Nicki Minaj Isn’t Sweating Lack of Grammy Nods
FILE - This Nov. 24, 2012 file photo shows rapper and singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj performing on her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations. The 30-year-old had one of last year's biggest hits with the multiplatinum dance-pop anthem Starships. Her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, has reached gold status and launched other hits on the rap and R&B charts. But Minaj was shunned out when the Grammys announced this year's nominees, though the animated performer earned three nominations last year, including best new artist and best rap album for her platinum debut, Pink Friday. (AP Photo/SNPA, David Rowland, file)
New York — Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn’t receive any Grammy nominations. Not a problem, she says.
“I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy,” she said with a laugh.
The 30-year-old had one of last year’s biggest hits with the multiplatinum dance-pop anthem Starships. Her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, has reached gold status and launched other hits on the rap and R&B charts.
But Minaj, who received three Grammy nominations last year, including best new artist and best rap album for her platinum debut, Pink Friday, was shut out when this year’s nominations were announced.
“I think that the Grammys had a different reason, that I do not want to discuss … and that’s just between me and them,” she said in a recent interview. “But I respect their organization and I’ll get a Grammy eventually. I’m not worried about it.”
A representative for The Recording Academy didn’t immediately respond to an email last week seeking comment.
Minaj was featured on Ludacris’ My Chick Bad, which was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award, before she released her first album.
She was criticized when she released her sophomore album last April for taking on a pop-and-electronic sound that echoed Katy Perry, Rihanna and Kesha. Roman Reloaded is a mesh of hip-hop, dance, pop, R&B and reggae flavors, and producers included radio hit makers like RedOne and Dr. Luke.
“I understand that artists and critics make a big deal over the Grammys. But when I go to my shows and I’m selling out arenas in London, and when I’m in Australia and Japan, there aren’t any Grammys there,” she said.
“There are human beings who I’ve touched. There are human beings who are inspired by me, who I love dearly. And that’s what my career is based on.”
Minaj, who is a new judge on American Idol alongside Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, said she would probably be upset if she doesn’t earn Grammy respect later in her career.
“You do feel good when you get awards and accolades. Maybe if I had been doing this for 10 years and I thought like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve put out 10 albums’ — maybe it would have hurt my feelings. But I still feel so new that it’s like, ‘Charge it to the game,’ ” she said. “It’s part of the game.”
The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. All five nominees for album of the year at this year’s Grammys will perform at the show.
The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B singer Frank Ocean will join Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Jack White and fun. at the Grammys, to take place live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.
Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 will join forces for a special performance. Presenters include Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Carly Rae Jepsen, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Six acts tie for the most nominations with six each, including Ocean, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun. and Mumford & Sons.
Justin Timberlake will perform at the show as well.
The 32-year-old pop star returned to music earlier this month when he released the single, Suit & Tie, which features Jay-Z. The song is a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
His performance at the Grammys will be Timberlake’s first musical appearance on television in years. Most recently, he’s appeared in movies like The Social Network and Friends With Benefits.
Timberlake’s third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, will be released March 19. His last album was the 2006 multiplatinum effort, FutureSex/LoveSounds.