Nicki Minaj gained public recognition after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 to 2009 and subsequently signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Nick Name: Nicki Lewinski, The Harajuku Barbie, Nicki The Ninja, Nicki The Harajuku Barbie
Residence: Beverly Hills, California, U.S
Occupation: Rapper singer songwriter actress
Years active: 2004–present
Age: 35 years and 7 months
Sun Sign Sagittarius
Height: 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 40-28-45 in or 102-71-114 cm
Bra size she wears bra size 32D
Eye Color Dark Brown. But, she wears contact lenses. So, her eye color changes frequently like her hair color.
Hair Color She has naturally “Black” hair color. But, she wears wigs of different colors and has even dyed them “Blonde.”
Net worth: $75 million (July 2017)
Musical career Genres: Hip-hop, R&B, pop
Labels: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic Records
She attended Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210. Nicki graduated from LaGuardia High School where she learned singing.
Nicki Minaj is signed to these agencies –
Category 5 Entertainment, Inc.
The Blueprint Group
Father – Robert Maraj (Financial Executive and occasional gospel singer)
Mother – Carol Maraj
Siblings – Brandon Lamar (Brother), Micaiah Maraj (Brother), Jelani Maraj (Brother), Ming Maraj (Sister)
She has African and Asian Indian ancestry.
Outlandish costumes, wigs, and cosmetics
Often wears Pink lipstick
Minaj has appeared in print ads for O.P.I. nail polishes and MAC lip glosses.
She has also endorsed Pepsi.
Minaj’s first and second studio albums, Pink Friday (2010) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the successful singles “Super Bass” and “Starships”, respectively. In 2010, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014), was preceded by its second single, “Anaconda”, which peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, followed by supporting roles in The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.
Nicki Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List, with a New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be “the most influential female rapper of all time”.
In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. She has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a female artist in the chart’s history, while being ninth overall. Minaj has received ten Grammy nominations throughout her career, and has won six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and was the recipient of Billboard’s Women in Music 2011 Rising Star award. She has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, and Pepsi. She is the best-selling female rapper of all time, having sold 20 million singles as a lead artist, 60 million singles as a featured artist, and over five million albums worldwide.
Her father, Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, is of Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian descent.
Her mother, Carol Maraj, is also a gospel singer with Afro-Trinidadian ancestry.
Carol worked in payroll and accounting departments during Minaj’s youth.
Minaj’s father was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and had a violent temper, burning down their house in December 1987. She has two siblings.
As a small child, Nicki Minaj and a sibling lived with her grandmother in Saint James. Her mother, who had moved to The Bronx, New York to attend Monroe College, brought the family to Queens, New York when Minaj was five.
By then, the family had a house on West 147th Street. Minaj recalled, “I don’t think I had a lot of discipline in my household. My mom motivated me, but it wasn’t a strict household. I kind of wanted a strict household.”
Minaj successfully auditioned for admission to LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, New York, which focuses on visual and performing arts.
After graduation, Minaj wanted to become an actress, and she was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001. At the age of 19, as she struggled with her acting career, she worked as a waitress at a Red Lobster in the Bronx, but was fired for discourtesy to customers.
She said she was fired from “at least 15 jobs” for similar reasons.
She also worked as an administrative assistant, in customer service, and as an office manager for a Wall Street business.
2004–2009: Career beginnings
Nicki Minaj briefly signed with Brooklyn group Full Force, in which she rapped in a quartet called “The Hood$tars” composed of Lou$tar (son of “Bowlegged Lou”), Safaree Samuels (Scaff Beezy) and 7even Up.
In 2004 the group recorded the entrance song for WWE Diva Victoria, “Don’t Mess With”, which was featured on the compilation album ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol.6. 7even Up explained that he and Nicki weren’t fans of Safaree’s reggae edge that he brought to the group, and he even went so far to say that it was the reason they weren’t getting signed by labels. Minaj later left Full Force and uploaded songs on her Myspace profile, sending several of her songs to people in the music industry. At the time, she was managed by Debra Antney. Fendi, CEO of Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment, signed Minaj to his label in 2007 under a 180-day contract.
Originally adopting the stage name “Nicki Maraj”, she changed it to Nicki Minaj stating that “My real name is Maraj. Fendi flipped it when he met me because I had such a nasty flow! I eat bitches!”
Nicki Minaj released her first mixtape, Playtime is Over, on Dirty Money Records on July 5, 2007 and her second, Sucka Free, on April 12, 2008.
That year, she was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards.
In 2009 Minaj was involved in a conflict with ego trip’s Miss Rap Supreme winner Rece Steele, who was annoyed when Minaj interrupted her interview and put a sign behind Steele’s head; Minaj hung up on interviewers from Spate magazine when they asked about the incident.
She released her third mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, on April 18, 2009 and it received favorable coverage on BET and MTV.
One of its tracks, “I Get Crazy”, reached number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 37 on the magazine’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
After Nicki Minaj was discovered by fellow rapper Lil Wayne, in August 2009 it was reported that she signed a recording contract with his Young Money Entertainment. That November, she appeared with Gucci Mane and Trina on the remix of “5 Star Bitch” by Yo Gotti.
Minaj also appeared on “BedRock” and “Roger That” on the compilation album, We Are Young Money (2009). The singles peaked at numbers two and 56, respectively, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; their parent album reached number-nine on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Minaj was featured on Mariah Carey’s “Up Out My Face”, which reached number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.
At Jay-Z’s suggestion, that February Robin Thicke featured Minaj on “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy”.
2010–2011: Breakthrough with Pink Friday
A tan-skinned woman in a bright pink wig poses with hands on both side of her hips. Smiling, she stands before a black background and has Mandarin characters tattooed on her right arm.
Minaj at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles
Nicki Minaj released the intended lead single from her upcoming debut album, “Massive Attack” on March 29, 2010. Plans for the single were scrapped after an underwhelming commercial performance.
As a result, “Your Love” was released as the album’s lead single on June 1, peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on the Billboard Rap Songs chart.
In August, Minaj announced that the album would be entitled Pink Friday, a play on “Black Friday”.
The following month she released “Check It Out” and “Right Thru Me” as follow-up singles.
In October, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously and the first woman to appear on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List.
Pink Friday was released on November 19, debuting at number-two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 375,000 copies.
“Moment 4 Life” was released as the fourth single shortly after. The album was certified platinum in December, and eventually reached number-one in the United States in February 2011.
Nicki Minaj performed “Right Thru Me” and “Moment 4 Life” as the musical guest on the January 29 episode of Saturday Night Live. “Super Bass”, the album’s fifth single, was released in April 2011.
The song peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 and had been certified octuple-platinum in the U.S.
Minaj credited the song’s initial exposure to its mention by Taylor Swift, after videos of Swift and Selena Gomez rapping along to the song went viral, paving the way for Minaj’s first big crossover pop moment.
Minaj performing during the Femme Fatale Tour in 2011.
Nicki Minaj was one of the opening acts on Britney Spears’ June 16 – August 13 Femme Fatale Tour. She and Kesha appeared on the remix of Spears’ “Till the World Ends”, which peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100.
On August 7, 2011, Nicki experienced a “nip slip” during a live performance on Good Morning America. Minaj was criticized for wearing the low-cut shirt during her performance which led to the brief exposure of her breast on a live telecast. ABC apologized for incident.
Minaj, while interviewed on ABC’s Nightline show, apologized for the incident and denied that she intentionally sought to expose herself on live television as a publicity stunt. The incident soaked protest from the Parents Television Council. President of the PTC president Tim Winter stated, “the Parents Television Council has something to say about Nicki Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction this morning. For the umpteenth time in recent memory a morning news show has included inappropriate content for children and families.” Winter called out Good Morning America for not using the five-second delay to prevent the broadcast of the exposure.
Minaj has been invited to perform at fashion events; Donatella Versace invited her to perform with Prince for the introduction of a Versace collection for H&M, and she performed “Super Bass” at the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Since her breakout with Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj has been involved in a feud with rapper Lil’ Kim, who accused Minaj of copying her style. Although Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge” was thought to be directed at Kim, she said she was “talking about everyone who has been in interviews talking no one is worth being singled out. No one is worth having their name mentioned out of my mouth and they never will get that.” Kim escalated the feud with her mixtape, Black Friday (2011), whose title and artwork mimic Pink Friday; a fragment from Minaj’s diss track, “Tragedy”, previewed that April.
Their conflict sparked a feud between Minaj and rapper Foxy Brown, who said Minaj misrepresented their conversation about Kim. Brown released the diss tracks “Hold Yuh” and “Massacre” (directed at Kim and Minaj) in November 2010 and January 2011, respectively, but Brown and Minaj settled their dispute in June 2012.
2012–2013: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and American Idol
Nicki Minaj released her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in April 2012. The album was preceded by the promotional singles “Roman in Moscow” and “Stupid Hoe”.
Critics suggested that the latter song was directed at Lil’ Kim, who said: “If you have to make a song called ‘Stupid Hoe,’ you must be a stupid hoe.” Minaj and rapper M.I.A. joined Madonna to perform their single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, on the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 6, 2012. She was the first solo female rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards, premiering “Roman Holiday” during the 2012 ceremony on February 12. Her exorcism-themed performance was controversial, with the American Catholic League criticizing Minaj for bringing a fake “Pope” to escort her on the red carpet. The “exorcism” scene that was performed during her appearance was criticized as well. According to the Catholic League president Bill Donohue “Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, ‘Come All Ye Faithful’ was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating.”
“Starships” was released in February 2012 as the lead single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The song reached number-five on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the fifth best-selling single of 2012. For the most part, mainstream critics didn’t receive well the pop crossover move. Minaj was sued by Chicago artist Clive Tanaka in September 2013 for its alleged copyright infringement. Follow-up singles “Beez in the Trap” and “Right by My Side” were released shortly after. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was released on April 2, two months later than planned.
The album debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 253,000 copies, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in June 2012.
However, its mix of hip-hop songs and mainstream pop material received mixed reviews from music critics. “Pound the Alarm” and “Va Va Voom” were released as the final singles from the album.
Nicki Minaj began her headlining Pink Friday Tour on May 16, 2012, which was followed by the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour beginning October 14. Although she was scheduled to headline the June 3 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, at the request of Lil Wayne she canceled her appearance the day of the show after Peter Rosenberg of the station called “Starships” not “real hip-hop”.
The following month, Nicki Minaj voiced Steffie in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). She won awards for Best Female Video (for “Starships”) at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Hip-Hop at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. Her collaboration with Pearl Future on the song “Looking At Me” made it to the top 20 in BBC Radio 1. An expanded version of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, subtitled The Re-Up, was released on November 19. That month, Minaj was the subject of a three-part E! documentary titled Nicki Minaj: My Truth. She announced plans for her own record label after signing Parker Ighile, Brinx, Keisha and Blackout Movement.
In September, Nicki Minaj joined the judges’ panel for the twelfth season of American Idol with fellow new judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban and the returning Randy Jackson. That October a leaked video circulated, with Minaj and Carey in a heated argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carey accused Minaj of saying, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch”, but Minaj denied the allegation. Carey said that Minaj created an “unsafe work environment”, increasing her security as a result.
Tensions escalated after Carey said that Nicki Minaj did not have a number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 during a live broadcast in May 2013, to which Minaj responded in a series of “extremely harsh” tweets directed at the singer. Minaj and Carey left the series that month, at the end of the season. That year Minaj was the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with 44 entries, tying Mariah Carey. Her seven nominations led those for rap musicians at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and she was the first rapper to win the BET Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award four consecutive times.
2014–2015: The Other Woman and The Pinkprint
Minaj’s first live-action theatrical film The Other Woman was filmed in spring 2013 and premiered on April 25, 2014. She played Lydia, assistant to Carly (played by Cameron Diaz).
In 2013, Nicki Minaj described her then-forthcoming third album, The Pinkprint as “a continuation of The Re-Up with a lot more” and said it would focus on her “hip-hop roots”.
During an MTV interview, she said that her third album would be “next level” and have “much to talk about”: “I’m really excited and the people that have been working with me now, have been people that I haven’t worked with before so it’s like they’re bringing a new sound to the album that I’ve never experimented with.” During the recording process Minaj recorded two songs that were inspired by Irish singer-songwriter Enya, Minaj stated that the songs contain “airiness and the whimsicalness” that reminded her of Enya. “Pills n Potions” was released as the lead single from The Pinkprint in May 2014.
“Anaconda” was released in August as the second single, peaking at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date.
The video set a 24-hour Vevo record, accumulating 19.6 million views on its first day of release, breaking the record previously held by Miley Cyrus for “Wrecking Ball”.
The album was officially released on December 15, 2014, peaking at number-two on the Billboard 200 chart.
On June 29, Nicki Minaj became the only artist to win the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist for five consecutive years, while also tying Missy Elliott for the most wins with five.
In November 2014, Minaj released a video containing Nazi-style imagery for her third single “Only”. There was immediate backlash from the Anti Defamation League, who stated that it was “troubling that no one among Minaj’s group of producers, publicists and managers raised a red flag about the use of such imagery before ushering the video into public release.” They called the video “insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era.”
On November 9, 2014, Nicki Minaj hosted the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland. She also won an award for Best Hip-Hop. In December, Minaj received two Grammy nominations: for Best Rap Song for “Anaconda” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.
In March 2015, Minaj embarked on her third world tour entitled The Pinkprint Tour. The tour kicked off in Europe. It is scheduled to travel to the Canada, United States, Brazil, Mexico, Dubai, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. In March 2015, she became the first female artist to chart four songs simultaneously in the top 10 of Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart.
At the 2015 BET Awards, Minaj won her sixth consecutive award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, becoming the female rapper with most wins in that category.
In May 2015, it was announced that Nicki Minaj would feature in the third installment of the Barbershop film series, alongside Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, and other original cast members.
Titled Barbershop: The Next Cut, the film was released on April 15, 2016 and received critical acclaim, earning an average score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Minaj’s character in the film is a “sassy” hairdresser named Draya.
It was announced that Nicki Minaj will executive produce and appear in a scripted single-camera comedy series for ABC Family (now Freeform) based on her life growing up in Queens, New York. The show has been titled Nicki and is scheduled to be broadcast in 2016. The project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, filmed the pilot episode in Minaj’s hometown in January 2016, and production has since continued. Ariana Neal will play a young Minaj in the series, alongside Selita Ebanks (her mother), Wesley Jonathan (her father), and McCarrie McCausland (her older brother). In October 2016, Minaj stated the filming was postponed. Nicki Minaj is working on her currently untitled fourth studio album, and has released the singles “Changed It”, “No Frauds” and “Regret in Your Tears”.
In February 2017, she was featured and co-wrote Jason Derulo’s “Swalla”, that reached number 6 in the UK singles chart. The next month, she signed with the major modeling agency, Wilhelmina Models. In 2017, Nicki Minaj was featured in several singles, including Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish”, Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up”, and Migos’ “MotorSport” alongside Cardi B.
An Afro-American woman in a blonde wig and bright teal eyeshadow wears a shirt constructed of variously colored cotton balls
Early in her career, Minaj often wore colorful costumes, cosmetics and wigs
Minaj’s physique has attracted attention from the media. In 2010, she said that although she originally felt obligated to mimic the provocative behavior of the “female rappers of her day”, she intended to subdue her sexuality because she “wants people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.”
The rapper has made autographing breasts part of her movement to empower women.
In a Guardian interview, Nicki Minaj said she competes with male and female rappers. In “Moment 4 Life”, she refers to herself as a “king” rather than a queen. Early in her career Minaj claimed to be bisexual, but eventually she said she just did that to get attention. “I think girls are sexy, but I’m not going to lie and say that I date girls.”
Nicki Minaj has been called the “black Lady Gaga” because of her costumes and wigs. In one interview, Minaj rejected the comparison, but in another interview, she said that she is inspired by Gaga’s creativity. Minaj has cited Alexander McQueen, Gianni Versace and Christian Louboutin as her favorite designers. The Huffington Post described her style as “risk-taking” and “far-out”, with “bold sartorial choices”; Yahoo! called her dress “colorful” and “crazy”, and “the fashion and music world would certainly be very quiet without Ms Minaj”.
Nicki Minaj talked about feminism in an interview with Vogue in 2015, saying “There are things that I do that feminists don’t like, and there are things that I do that they do like. I don’t label myself.”
Billboard listed Minaj the fourth-most-active musician on social media on its March 2011 Social 50 chart. On Twitter, she is the world’s most-followed rapper, with over 20 million followers on the app. On Twitter, in public appearances and in interviews, Minaj calls her fans “Barbz” (alluding to her Barbie persona).
In May 2017,Nicki Minaj offered via Twitter to pay college tuition fees and student loans for 30 of her fans. She appeared to grant their requests, ranging from $500 to school supplies to $6,000 for tuition, and promised to respond to more requests in a month or two. She also announced that she will be launching her official charity for student loans and tuition payments in the near future. In the same month, Minaj revealed on Instagram that she has been donating money to an Indian village for a few years via her pastor Lydia Sloley. These donations helped the village get a computer center, a tailoring institute, a reading program and two water wells. “This is the kind of thing that makes me feel the most proud,” she said about. In August 2017, after Hurricane Harvey hit the city of Houston, Texas, Minaj answered Kevin Hart social media challenge and donated $25,000 to the Red Cross, saying she was “praying for everyone there”.
Artistry – Musical style
When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I’m not that. No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don’t want people to hear me and know exactly where I’m from.
Nicki Minaj is known for her animated rapping style, her flow in particular. She often combines metaphors, punch lines and word play into her work, which has been compared to her mentor Lil Wayne. The New York Times called Minaj “a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She’s a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she’s a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones.” Although many critics describe her technique as bubblegum rap, Minaj said: “What people don’t know is that before I was doing that craziness I was doing me, I was just doing regular sounding rap that anyone could hear and identify with. But once I started doing all that weird shit—I’m not mad at it because it got everyone’s attention.”
Noted as a rap artist, she lends herself to electronic music genres (especially electropop). Pink Friday marked her exploration of the genres, spawning electro songs including the pop-laden “Super Bass”. Also combining rap with synthesizer music, Minaj’s second album had a number of electro-hop and electropop songs: “HOV Lane”, “Whip It”, “Automatic”, “Come on a Cone”, “Young Forever”, “Fire Burns”, “Roman Holiday” and “Beez in the Trap”; while “Starships” is a eurodance song. She collaborated with other artists, producing more electronic songs: “The Boys” with “Me & U” singer Cassie and “Beauty and a Beat” with Justin Bieber.
Her verse in Kanye West’s “Monster” was critically acclaimed and contributed greatly to her popularity; many critics said she had the best verse in the song. Her alter egos are incorporated with her lyrics in British accents (Roman Zolanski) or soft-spokenness (Harajuku Barbie). Ice-T said about Minaj’s rapping style, “Minaj does her thing. She has her own way of doing it. She has an ill vocal delivery. She kind of reminds me of a female Busta Rhymes, like how she throws her voice in different directions.”
Minaj’s “Monster” verse was listed by Complex as the best rap verse of the 2010s. West claimed at one point he considered deleting her verse from the track, because he was worried it would outshine his own work:
It was like that moment when I thought about taking Nicki’s verse off of “Monster” because I knew people would say that was the best verse on the best Hip Hop album of all time or arguably top ten albums of all time. And I would do all that work, eight months of work on “Dark Fantasy” and people to this day would say to me ‘My favorite thing was Nicki Minaj’s verse.’ So if I let my ego get the best of me instead of letting that girl get the shot to get that platform to be all she could be, I would take it off or marginalize her, try to stop her from having that shining moment.
With her parents frequently fighting during her childhood, Nicki Minaj lived through characters she created as a means of escape. She recalled that “fantasy was my reality” and her first identity was Cookie, who became Harajuku Barbie and later Nicki Minaj. In November 2010, Minaj assumed the alter ego Nicki Teresa, wearing a colorful headdress and calling herself “healer to her fans” during a visit to the Garden of Dreams Foundation at Fuse Studios in New York. She introduced another alter ego, Rosa (pronounced with an exaggerated R), to commemorate her December 2010 appearance on Lopez Tonight.
For Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj created another alter ego: Roman Zolanski, “a demon inside her”, Minaj’s “twin brother” whose character she assumes when she is angry. Roman has been compared to Eminem’s alter ego Slim Shady, and on “Roman’s Revenge” Minaj and Eminem collaborate as their alter egos. On her next album, she said that there would be a lot of Roman: “And if you’re not familiar with Roman, then you will be familiar with him very soon. He’s the boy that lives inside of me. He’s a lunatic and he’s gay and he’ll be on there a lot.” Roman has a mother, Martha Zolanski, who appeared on “Roman’s Revenge” with a British accent and singing on “Roman Holiday” for the first time. Martha appeared in the “Moment 4 Life” video as Minaj’s apparent fairy godmother. Although Minaj was rapping in songs such as “All I Do Is Win (Remix)”, she promised to introduce Nicki, Roman and Onika on her first album.
According to Minaj, rapper Jay-Z is one of her two major influences
Nicki Minaj has said that artists who have influenced her musical style include Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Lil Wayne, Smokey Robinson, Lauryn Hill, Jadakiss, Natasha Bedingfield, Remy Ma, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Jones, M.I.A., Cyndi Lauper and TLC. She cites Foxy Brown and Jay-Z as major influences: “I really loved [Foxy] as a female rapper. I was really interested in her mind and her aura and I was really, really into Jay-Z. Me and my friends in high school, we were reciting all of the Jay lyrics. His words were our words in our conversations all the time.” She said: “I never really told Foxy how much she has influenced me and how much she changed my life, and you’ve gotta tell people that when they’re alive to even be able to take the compliment, instead of paying tribute to them when they’re no longer here”, adding that Foxy Brown was “the most influential female rapper” for her, though she initially was compared to Lil Kim when she first debuted. Nicki and Lil Kim, often cited as Foxy’s main rap rival, have reportedly exchanged words with each other, on social media and in their music.
Jada Pinkett Smith is one of Minaj’s role models in her acting career. Minaj was inspired by R&B singer Monica, singing “Why I Love You So Much” at every talent show she entered. Performing in Atlanta on her Pink Friday Tour, she called Monica one of her all-time greatest musical influences. Minaj has also cited Kanye West, Trina and Drake as influences.
She called Betsey Johnson a fashion inspiration: “Betsey is a free spirit. When I met her the other day, I felt like I knew her for my whole life. She’s so warm and considerate and caring. She’s amazingly talented and I’ve been wearing her clothes forever, so to meet her was like, ‘Yay!’ I was bowing down to her; she’s dope!” Minaj has also expressed appreciation for Cyndi Lauper’s style and how her videos inspired her as a teenager: “When I first went to get my hair colored, I was about 14 and I wanted blonde highlights. The beautician said, ‘No, you have to get your mother on the phone,’ and I was just crying and begging. I’ve always been experimenting. Cyndi Lauper’s videos – that’s what intrigued me.”
Products and endorsements
Nicki Minaj has been affiliated with several manufacturing companies and has endorsed a number of products during her career. Her first collaboration was a November 2010 endorsement deal with MAC Cosmetics which sold a lipstick, “Pink 4 Friday”, for four consecutive Fridays to promote her album Pink Friday. In 2011, Minaj helped introduce the Casio TRYX in Times Square, and created a six-piece nail polish collection for OPI Products with colors named after her songs. That December, Mattel produced a custom-made, Minaj-themed Barbie doll valued at about $15,000 for auction on charitybuzz.
In April 2012, Minaj helped launch the Nokia Lumia 900 in Times Square. The following month, Minaj appeared in television and internet advertisements for Pepsi’s “LiveForNow” campaign, which featured a remix of her single “Moment 4 Life”. She endorsed the 2012 Viva Glam campaign with Ricky Martin, which raised $270 million for the Mac AIDS Fund. With designer Jeremy Scott, Minaj signed an endorsement deal with Adidas’ fall and winter 2012 campaign to appear in internet advertisements and commercials for Adidas Originals. Set to her song, “Masquerade”, her segment of the advertisement was filmed in Brooklyn and also featured Big Sean, Derrick Rose, Sky Ferreira and 2NE1 in other locations worldwide.
In early 2013, Minaj fronted the Viva Glam campaign by herself, which included the introduction of “Nicki 2 lipstick and lip gloss”. She also introduced the “Nicki Minaj Collection” clothing line for Kmart, composed of clothing, accessories and housewares. In February 2013, Bluewater Comics announced that Minaj would star in the Fame biographical-comic series, debuting in Fame: Nicki Minaj. She partnered with Beats Electronics to introduce her “Pink Pill” speakers in April 2013, appearing with DeRay Davis in a commercial for the speakers that same month.
In June 2013, Minaj lead an ad campaign for Myx Fusions, a fruit-infused, single serve moscato wine beverage of which she is a part owner.
Nicki Minaj has a prominent fragrance line, which was launched in September 2012. She partnered with ‘Give Back Brands’ to introduce her first fragrance, Pink Friday. A “Pink Friday: Special Edition” was released in April 2013. A deluxe edition version of the fragrance, titled “Pink Friday: Deluxe Edition”, was also launched in December 2013. Her second fragrance line, Minajesty, was launched in September 2013. A flanker fragrance, “Minajesty: Exotic Edition”, was released exclusively to the Home Shopping Network in June 2014. This was followed by the launch of her third fragrance line, “Onika”, in September 2014.
In December 2014, Nicki Minaj was announced as the new face of the Roberto Cavalli spring/summer 2015 campaign. The campaign images, shot in Los Angeles by Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, see Minaj posing in flowy bohemian dresses, defined by embroideries and animal prints typical of the Cavalli brand. On March 30, 2015, it was announced that Minaj is a co-owner of the music streaming service Tidal. The service specializes in lossless audio and high definition music videos. In addition to Minaj and company owner Jay Z, sixteen stakeholders including Beyoncé, Madonna, Rihanna and Kanye West own a 3% equity stake in the service.
In 2016, Nicki Minaj stated she has learned the ins and outs of business so she could do it herself.
In the same year, she launched her new fragrance “Trini Girl”.
Awards and nominations
Throughout her career, Minaj has won numerous awards including: six American Music Awards, ten BET Awards, seven BET Hip Hop Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, one Soul Train Music Award, and four Teen Choice Awards.
Nicki Minaj won the American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album in three different years for her first three albums. She has won twice MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Super Bass” and “Anaconda”, and one Best Female Video for “Starships”
Between 2011 and 2016, Minaj received a total of 10 Grammy Award nominations. She received her first Grammy nomination in 2011 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the single “My Chick Bad” with fellow rapper Ludacris. For the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012, Minaj received three nominations, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for her debut album Pink Friday. Minaj received her second nomination for Best Rap Album at the 58th Grammy Awards for The Pinkprint.
Nicki Minaj is the only woman to be featured on the Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings list. She made her first appearance on the list in 2011, earning U.S. $6.5 million from May 2010 to May 2011. In 2012, she placed eighth on the list, earning U.S. $15.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Minaj rose to the fourth position on the list in 2013, earning U.S. $29 million from June 2012 to June 2013.
She made her fourth consecutive appearance on the list in 2014, earning U.S. $14 million from June 2013 to June 2014. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Minaj donated $15,000 to the Food Bank For New York City and held a turkey drive at her alma mater, PS 45.
Minaj has stated that after her father went to rehab and began attending church, he “got saved and started changing his life”. In July 2011, her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, New York, which she references in her songs “Champion” and “All Things Go”.
In late 2014, Minaj separated from her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels. They had dated since 2000. Several tracks on The Pinkprint are believed to have been inspired by the end of their relationship. She also revealed she had an abortion as a teenager in her song “All Things Go”. Minaj began dating rapper Meek Mill in early 2015. On January 5, 2017, she announced via Twitter that she had ended their two-year relationship.
Disagreements between female rapper Remy Ma and Minaj originated in 2007, when Remy took note of Minaj’s freestyle record, nicknamed “Dirty Money”, from her mixtape Playtime Is Over (2007). In the record, Nicki Minaj recites: “Tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown/she won three rounds, I’ma need a hundred thou/like ‘Chinatown’ — bitches better bow down/oh you ain’t know, betcha bitches know now/fuck I got a gun — let her know that I’m the one”. When the two encountered each other at an industry party, Remy asked Minaj who she was dissing in the song. Nicki Minaj reportedly never confirmed or denied that the song was about Remy, however Remy Ma remarked in a 2010 interview, “To this day I still feel like [the song] is a stab at me; I’m gonna diss Minaj back for that one”. Since 2011, Remy Ma has stated that she supports Nicki Minaj and her success, but added that she would be “a problem” to Minaj once she is released from prison. On March 3, 2017, during a visit to The Wendy Williams Show, Remy Ma affirmed that her option in releasing a blatant Minaj diss track titled “Shether” was considered after allegations were brought forward to Ma’s camp about Minaj “trying to keep Remy Ma off of red carpets, trying to make sure awards don’t go to Remy” and “trying to make people make bad reports about Plata O Plomo album sales.”
Ma’s opinion of Minaj not being a “nice person” and past incidents with Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and Lil’ Kim were also factors in “Shether”‘s release.
Nicki Minaj has been embroiled in a feud with veteran rapper Lil’ Kim since her success with Pink Friday. Kim accused Minaj of copying her image saying, “If you are going to steal my swag, you gonna have to pay. Something gotta give. You help me, I help you. That’s how it goes to me.” Minaj’s single “Roman’s Revenge” with Eminem was believed to be a response to Kim’s comments, although she later denied this. She responded to the situation in an interview with HOT 97’s Angie Martinez saying, “She picked a fight with Foxy, then she picked a fight with Eve, then she picked a fight with Remy, then it was Mrs. Wallace, then it was Nicki Minaj. Every time you in the news, it’s ’cause you gettin’ at somebody! Where’s your music? Put your music out, and when I see your name on Billboard, that’s when I’ll respond to you. Other than that, goodbye. It’s Barbie, bitch.” Lil’ Kim reignited the feud with the release of her mixtape Black Friday (the title of which directly referenced Minaj). The artwork portrays Lil’ Kim decapitating Minaj with a sword. A fragment of a diss track called “Tragedy” was released in response by Minaj in April 2011. Following the release of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, critics suggested that the track “Stupid Hoe” may have contained attacks directed at Kim. Lil’ Kim later suggested in an interview with 105’s Breakfast Club that the song “Automatic” was similar to her unreleased material, also calling Minaj “obnoxious” and “catty”.
On October 4, 2012, a dispute between Nicki Minaj and Da Brat embroiled via Twitter after fabricated reports of Brat defending Mariah Carey and threatening to beat Minaj with a bottle were released. Minaj denounced Brat as a “sir” and tweeted: “The struggle for u to even AFFORD that bottle is why the barbz r now cackling DOWNNNt.” Da Brat responded to Minaj by tweeting: “Nicki nor Mariah has ever disrespected me so I would not disrespect either of them.” In November 2012, Nicki Minaj accused rock musician Steven Tyler and American journalist Barbara Walters as racists over comments surrounding her American Idol feud with Mariah Carey.
In February 2014, disagreements between Malcolm X daughter Ilyasah Shabazz and Minaj’s promotional team reached when Shabazz was displeased by the artwork of her slain father used “inappropriately” for Minaj’s single “Lookin’ Ass Nigga”. A statement from the Malcolm X estate was prompted, reading: “Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X’s legacy, is completely disrespectful, and in no way is endorsed by [Shabazz or the Malcolm X] family.” Minaj released an apology to the estate, however the rapper received backlash after remarks were made towards Shabazz in a mixtape recording (“Chi-Raq”) that went: “Malcolm X daughter came at me/lookin’ ass niggas ain’t happy/rolled out with some Latin Kings and some eses in them plain khaki’s.”
In 2015, parties between Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj reached conflict after allegations of Minaj’s impolite behavior was reported to New York Times. During an onstage appearance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, words were exchanged between the pair when Minaj stated: “Now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press: Miley, what’s good?” Cyrus later relayed that her Times interview was “manipulated”.
In 2016, Minaj referenced Cyrus in a remix to Yo Gotti’s album track “Down in the DM”.
Best Known For
Different style and color of wigs
Pink Friday, released on November 19, 2010. It consists of 13 singles making it a total of 50:13 minutes long.
2012 film Ice Age: Continental Drift. This is an animated film, so she has given her voice for her role as Steffie.
Nicki Minaj Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Popeyes Chicken, Boneless Stew Chicken, Kit Kats and Twix
Favorite Color – Pink
Favorite Accessories – Costume Stores
Favorite Movies – Gladiator, Set It Off
Nicki Minaj Facts
Nicki Minaj was the first artist to ever have seven songs on Billboard charts at the same time.
Nicki also became the first female artist to be included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List.
Minaj has a tattoo in Chinese characters on her left arm, which means “God is always with you.”
Her dad had a bad temper and was even addicted to drugs and alcohol. But, after going through rehab, he started changing.
Before becoming famous as a singer, Minaj had worked at more than 15 places like as a waitress at Red Lobster (in the Bronx), office manager at Wall Street Store, administrative work, customer service, etc. But, most of the times, she was fired giving the ‘inhospitality’ reason.
Height: 5 ft 8½ in or 174 cm
Eye Color: Green
Measurements: 35-24-34 in or 89-61-87 cm
Age: 33 years and 2 months
Bar Paly moved to Israel when she was seven, and was raised in Tel Aviv.
Paly began a career in modeling at the age of 17.
In 2003, Bar Paly began her career as an actress appearing in a variety of roles for television and appeared in the Israeli mockumentary Zehirut Matzlema.
Paly has appeared in TV’s How I Met Your Mother, The Starter Wife, Pain & Gain (2013), Million Dollar Arm (2014) and The Ruins (2008).
In 2013, Bar Paly held roles in both Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, and Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.
Since 2015, Bar Paly has had a recurring role as Anastasia “Anna” Kolcheck on the American crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles.
Bar Paly is of Jewish descent.
She is married to Canadian director Ian Kessner.
On August 14, 2016, Bar Paly became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Bar Paly is Ranked #66 on Maxim’s “Hot 100” of 2014 list.
Bar Paly is signed to these modeling agencies
Traffic Models – Barcelona, Madrid
Select Model Management
Model Management – Hamburg
Elite Model Management – Los Angeles, Miami
Joy Model Management – Milan
Best Known For
Working as a model with various brands and designers and appearing in films Pain & Gain (2013), and Million Dollar Arm (2014).
She debuted with 2008 horror film The Ruins for her role as an archeologist.
First TV Show
In 2007, she played the role as Mia Opal in the CBS’s police procedural TV series CSI:NY in an episode titled “Heart of Glass”.
Bar Paly Facts
She was born in Russia, but relocated to Israel at the age of 7.
Bar was raised in Tel Aviv, Israel.
She started modeling at 17 years of age.
Bar first tried her luck in acting in 2003 (when she was 21).
Yuli Models Agency is her mother agency.
The model has graced the cover page of Sportswear International – Germany for its July / August 2004 edition.
When she was 17, she signed with an Israeli modeling agency and hence flew to Milan for a fashion show. There, she got signed by another agency and just after that she went to Berlin (in Germany). No one had any idea of her about where she was. Her parents, Israeli modeling agency, Milan’s agency and even Israeli embassy were searching for her. She returned after 7 days.
She has also appeared in “How I Met Your Mother”.
Chrissy Teigen made her debut in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010 and, alongside Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge, appeared on the cover in 2014.
She co-hosts Lip Sync Battle with LL Cool J on Spike TV and joined the lifestyle panel talk show FABLife.
Watch Taylor Swift battle a naked cyborg in the ‘Ready for It?’ video
singer Taylor Swift has released the ‘Ready for It?’ music video, and it sees her doing battle against a cyborg that is identical to her.
In the clip, Swift appears to evoke the spirit of Blade Runner as she walks through the gloomy and wet streets of a futuristic city in a hooded cape.
We’re then introduced to her naked cyborg clone, who is fitted with a Tron-like spacesuit before being placed onto a white horse as the pair prepare to clash.
The futuristic vibe of the video also seems pretty appropriate after it was revealed that Swift inspired a major villain in Blade Runner: 2049.
Blade Runner 2049 actress Sylvia Hoeks has revealed that she was inspired when it came to preparing for her villainous turn in the sci-fi sequel.
The actress, who plays nefarious replicant Luv, revealed how she was influenced by Swift being in the spotlight and under constant scrutiny.
“I looked at big celebrities, big singers, who are younger girls, like Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez”, she explained to Bustle.
“These people who have big platforms and have to have certain control in their life, because every little second of their day is probably somebody making a picture of them or putting them in the media. So their whole life kind of happens virtually.”
singer Taylor Swift has released the ‘Ready for It?’ music video, and it sees her doing battle against a cyborg that is identical to her.
Meanwhile, Swift was recently spotted filming another new music video at a kebab shop in Kentish Town, North London. She paid a surprise visit to Kentish Delight. A source claimed: “The video shows Taylor on a night out. All of the locations are places she has been to with Joe. She has spent months quietly going under the radar in London this year and has been out a lot more than anybody realises. It is quite telling that she has been hanging out in these regular and unexpected places… She wants to show people she is just a normal girl.”
“She wasn’t invited,” says Hilton now.
Eleven yeas ago, the stars aligned and gave us one of the best paparazzi photos of all time: Paris Hilton, frenemy Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears hopping into a car together as the “Holy Trinity.”
But now, according to Hilton, Lohan wasn’t supposed to be there.
In an interview with MTV Australia, Hilton was asked if she heard from Lohan after re-posting the image on its 11th anniversary last month. “Actually, it was just Brit and I out and then [Lindsay] just like chased us to the car and got in,” Paris replied. “She wasn’t invited. You’re not on the list.”
When the host remarked that the “Mean Girls” star seems to be doing well in Mykonos, Hilton deadpanned, “Yeah, sure.”
Though the heiress/DJ chalked it up to Lohan simply following them around, the circumstances around that night actually make the photo-op seem a lot more deliberate.
Let’s flash back to November 2006 for a minute, when Paris ruled the club scene, Britney was just getting divorced from Kevin Federline and Lindsay was fresh off her Razzie-nominated role in “Just My Luck.” Paris and Lindsay had been taking swipes at each other in the media and in front of the paparazzi throughout the year, which also saw the now-infamous “Firecrotch” rant.
On Nov. 26, Lindsay accused Hilton of hitting her with a drink inside a club while speaking with the paparazzi. Cut to the following night, when Lohan was escorted by Hilton’s publicist to her car, as Hilton urged Linds to tell photographers “the truth” about what she said the night before.
As she got into a car with both Britney and Paris, Linds said the “Simple Life” star had never hit her, adding she was a “good girl” and they were all friends.
Coincidence? To quote Paris, “Yeah, sure.”
Christina Aguilera raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television series Star Search and The Mickey Mouse Club in her early years. After recording “Reflection”, the theme for Disney’s 1998 film Mulan, Aguilera signed with RCA Records. She rose to prominence with her 1999 self-titled debut album that spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Genie in a Bottle”, “What a Girl Wants”, and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)”. The following year, Aguilera released two studio albums; the Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo and the holiday album My Kind of Christmas.
Vanessa Hudgens is best known for portraying the role of Gabriella Montez in “High School Musical” starting from 2006 and its related sequels in the year 2007 and 2008.
Years active: 2002–present
Occupation Actress and Singer
Age: 29 years and 7 months
Sun Sign Sagittarius
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
Measurements 33-24-34 in or 84-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32A
As her singing career was started at the age of 8, she has not studied much. But, she briefly attended Orange County High School of the Arts, followed by homeschooling with tutors.
Genres Pop, dance, R&B
These are the 2 talent agencies, she was signed to. Firstly, she signed with William Morris agency. But, in 2011, she changed her agency and signed on with Creative Artists Agency.
William Morris Agency
Creative Artists Agency (2011)
Sears Arrive (spokesperson in film and print ads since 2007)
Neutrogena (spokesperson in film and print ads since 2007)
Sears` Arrive (spokesperson in film and print ads since summer 2008)
She is half Filipino and half American.
Very dark eyes
Long dark hair
After making her feature film debut in Thirteen (2003), Vanessa Hudgens rose to prominence portraying Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series, which brought her significant mainstream success.
The success of the first film led to Hudgens acquiring a recording contract with Hollywood Records, with whom she released two studio albums, V (2006) and Identified (2008).
In addition to High School Musical, Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel.
Since the release of her studio albums and the High School Musical franchise, Vanessa Hudgens has focused on her acting career.
She has appeared in the films Bandslam (2009), Beastly (2011), Sucker Punch (2011), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), Spring Breakers (2013), and Machete Kills (2013).
Vanessa Hudgens has also played the title role in the Broadway musical Gigi in 2015, and the role of Rizzo in Grease: Live in 2016.
Vanessa Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, and lived with her parents along the West Coast, from Oregon to Southern California. Her mother, Gina (née Guangco), held a succession of office jobs, and her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter.
She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress.
She was raised as a Roman Catholic.
Her father was of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother, a native of Manila, Philippines, is of Filipino descent.
All of her grandparents were musicians.
2002–05: Career beginnings
Starting at the age of eight, Vanessa Hudgens performed in musical theater as a singer, and appeared in local productions of Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, The Music Man, and Cinderella, among others.
Two years after her career in stage plays and musicals, she started auditioning for commercials and television shows, and her family moved to Los Angeles after she won a role in a television commercial.
Her acting career started at the age of 15, and she briefly attended Orange County High School of the Arts, followed by homeschooling with tutors.
Vanessa Hudgens had her first acting role in an episode of the sitcom Still Standing, in which she portrayed Tiffany.
Following her appearance on the series, she guest starred in an episode of the series Robbery Homicide Division, airing on CBS in 2002. 2003 saw Hudgens making her theatrical debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen, in which she had the supporting role of Noel. The film, which revolved around teenager Tracy trying to fit in and getting caught up in the wrong crowd, was somewhat of a commercial success, grossing $10 million worldwide. Despite its minor commercial success, the film received positive critical reviews. It has an 82% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and USA Today called Thirteen the most “powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas”.
Hudgens subsequently landed a role in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds, based on the television series of the same name. Hudgens portrayed the character of Tin-tin. The film was a commercial failure and was strongly criticized for “abandoning the original concepts”.
2006–08: High School Musical, V and Identified
In 2005, Vanessa Hudgens was cast as Gabriella Montez, one of the lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical. The film saw Hudgens portraying the new girl at high school who falls for the captain of the basketball team. The two later reveal a passion for singing, and audition for the school play together. Hudgens starred alongside Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale in the film, the former of which she was partnered up with during the auditioning process due to their “chemistry”.
The film, released on January 20, 2006, was both a critical and commercial success. High School Musical was Disney Channel’s most watched film that year with 7.7 million viewers in its premiere broadcast in the US, until August’s premiere of The Cheetah Girls 2, which achieved 8.1 million viewers.
In the UK, it received 789,000 viewers for its premiere (and 1.2 million viewers overall during the first week), making it the second most watched program for the Disney Channel (UK) of 2006. On December 29, 2006, it became the first Disney Channel Original Movie to be broadcast on the BBC.
For the film, Hudgens recorded numerous songs which had commercial success. The song “Breaking Free”, a duet with Zac Efron, went on to become Hudgens’ only Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 to date, when it peaked at number 4 on the chart. The song also reached number 9 in the UK, her highest chart entry in the country. Following the success of the film, Hudgens began work on her debut album. The project, later revealed to be titled V, was released on September 26, 2006. The album sold 34,000 copies in its first week of release, and debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.
In February 2007, the album was certified gold by the RIAA.
As of August 2009, the album has sold 570,000 copies in the U.S.
It was preceded by two singles, “Come Back to Me” and “Say OK”, both of which were slightly successful in numerous countries. Both singles received heavy promotion on Disney Channel, with the music videos for both premiering on the channel.
In 2007, work on the second film in the High School Musical series began, and Vanessa Hudgens was confirmed to be returning for the sequel. High School Musical 2 was released on August 17, 2007. The premiere was seen by a total of over 17.2 million viewers in the U.S., which is almost 10 million more than its predecessor, making it the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie of all time.
Disney Channel aired a weekly program called Road to High School Musical 2, beginning on June 8, 2007, and leading up to the premiere of High School Musical 2 in August. The show offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the movie. The world premiere of the opening number “What Time Is It” was on Radio Disney May 25, 2007, and similarly “You Are The Music In Me” premiered on July 13, 2007.
The film was generally well received by critics, gaining a score of 77/100 at Metacritic, while it received a generally mixed response of 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.
USA Today’s Robert Bianco awarded the film three stars out of four, saying High School Musical 2 was “sweet, smart, bursting with talent and energy, and awash in innocence”.
While critics enjoyed the film, they noted that the timing of the movie’s premiere seemed odd, premiering just when school was about to start up again, while the movie’s plot involved the gang going on summer vacation.
High School Musical 2 won the “So Hot Right Now” award at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards 2007, in which High School Musical castmate Zac Efron hosted with The Veronicas.
In 2007, Vanessa Hudgens began work on her second studio album, partly due to the success of the High School Musical franchise. Her second studio album, Identified, was released on July 1, 2008. It sold 22,000 copies in its first week of release, 12,000 less than that of her previous effort.
Despite the drop in sales, the album debuted at number 23, one spot higher than V.
The album was preceded by one single, “Sneakernight”, which was her lowest performing single in the US to date. It was a success on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the US, where it peaked at number 8.
Following the commercial failure of the album, it was announced that Hudgens had parted ways with Hollywood Records. Hudgens went on to reprise her role as Gabriella in the 2008 sequel High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the first film from the franchise to be released theatrically. It opened at number one at the North American box office in October 2008, earning $42 million in its first weekend, which broke the record previously held by Mamma Mia! for the biggest opening by a musical.
The film finished with $252 million worldwide, which exceeded Disney’s expectations.
2009–14: Focus on films
Following the completion of the High School Musical series, Vanessa Hudgens confirmed that she was taking a break from her music career to focus more on acting.
She played a supporting role in a musical comedy Bandslam, which was released theatrically on August 14, 2009.
Hudgens plays “Sa5m”, a 15-year-old awkward freshman with untapped talents.
Although Bandslam was commercially unsuccessful, Hudgens’s performance received praise from critics.
David Waddington of the North Wales Pioneer noted that Hudgens “outshines the rest of the cast, failing to fit in with the outcast narrative and making the inevitable climactic ending all the more expected”,and Philip French of The Guardian compared her acting to Thandie Newton and Dorothy Parker.
Hudgens made a return to theater productions and starred in the musical Rent as Mimi. The stage production ran from August 6–8, 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Her involvement in the production drew negative comments, but director Neil Patrick Harris defended his decision with casting Hudgens by saying, “Vanessa Hudgens is awesome. She’s a friend. I asked her to come in and sing to make sure she had the chops for it. And she was very committed and seemed great.”
Vanessa Hudgens involvement in Beastly, a film based on Alex Flinn’s novel of the same name, was announced in early 2009.
She played one of the main characters in the film, Linda Taylor. Hudgens described her as, “the “beauty” of the story but not the stereotypical beauty everyone thinks of.”
Along with Beastly co-star, Alex Pettyfer, Hudgens was recognized as ShoWest stars of Tomorrow.
Beastly, which also starred Mary-Kate Olsen, was released on March 4, 2011. Beastly received mostly negative reviews, earning a 20% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes from 89 reviews, with an average rating of 3.7/10. It was ranked No. 45 in The Times’ predicted “50 Biggest Movies of 2010”.
The film was screened at ShoWest and it drew enthusiastic reactions from the luncheon crowd of exhibition officials.
The film went on to make $28 million worldwide as of 2012. Hudgens was also cast as one of the five female leads in the action film Sucker Punch, directed by Zack Snyder.
She played Blondie, an institutionalized girl in an asylum. The film was released in March 2011, and grossed $19 million in its first weekend at the North American box office, opening at number two.
By the end of its run, Sucker Punch totaled $89 million worldwide.
Though the film’s content was derided, it received some recognition for the visual effects of the fantasy sequences. Sucker Punch received a nomination at the 2011 Scream Awards for Best F/X, and its stunt work was nominated for a Taurus Award.
In October 2010, Vanessa Hudgens joined the cast of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), the sequel to the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, playing Hutcherson’s love interest.
The film earned $325 million worldwide during its theatrical run, which outperformed its predecessor.
It received generally mixed to negative reviews from critics.
The consensus from Rotten Tomatoes is: “Aggressively unambitious, Journey 2 might thrill teen viewers, but most others will find it too intense for young audiences and too cartoonishly dull for adults”.
In November 2011, Vanessa Hudgens announced on her official website that she would be starring with Selena Gomez and James Franco in Spring Breakers.
The film followed four college-aged girls who decide to rob a fast food restaurant in order to pay for their spring break.
It was released theatrically in March 2013, receiving generally positive reviews.
The film featured mature themes such as drug use, sexual escapades, and violence.
To coincide with the film, Hudgens later released the dubstep-influenced song “$$$ex”, with a music video featuring clips from the film.
The song features guest vocals from YLA, and was produced by Rock Mafia.
In April 2011, it was reported that she would star in Gimme Shelter with Brendan Fraser, a film written and directed by Ron Krauss.
Vanessa Hudgens also plays Cindy Paulson in The Frozen Ground (2013), a film based on the Robert Hansen case wherein she plays as his only victim who escaped. She co-stars with John Cusack and Nicolas Cage.
2015–present: Broadway and Powerless
In 2015, Vanessa Hudgens took on the title role in the new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Gigi, which opened at the Kennedy Center from January 16 to February 12, before transferring to Broadway on April 8.
The production closed on June 21.
On January 31, 2016, Hudgens starred in the role of Rizzo in Grease: Live, Fox’s live broadcast based on the original Broadway musical.
Hudgens dedicated her performance to her father, Greg, who died from cancer one day before the special aired.
In 2017, Vanessa Hudgens played Emily Locke on NBC’s comedy series Powerless, which was based on DC Comics characters.
It was cancelled after one season. That same year, Hudgens was featured on Shawn Hook’s single “Reminding Me” and also starred in the music video.
Hudgens will star in the upcoming romantic comedy film Second Act, directed by Peter Segal.
She was also cast in the romantic comedy film Dog Days, alongside Finn Wolfhard and Nina Dobrev, which will begin filming in late 2017.
Vanessa Hudgens began a relationship with High School Musical co-star Zac Efron in 2005. The couple became a frequent target for the media, and in turn the BBC predicted that Hudgens would be a “household name” in the US.
They ended their relationship after five years in December 2010.
Hudgens is a close friend of actress Ashley Tisdale, whom she met when they both appeared in the film High School Musical; Hudgens was a bridesmaid at Tisdale’s wedding on September 8, 2014.
Vanessa Hudgens has been in a relationship with actor Austin Butler since 2011.
In May 2016, Vanessa Hudgens paid $1,000 in restitution for damage of U.S. Forest Service property by carving the initials of her and Butler’s names within a heart on a rock in the Coconino National Forest and displaying it on her personal Instagram feed.
Vanessa Hudgens was raised Catholic, but since has grown away from the religion and now identifies as a non-denominational Christian. She attends the Los Angeles affiliate church of Hillsong Church.
On September 6, 2007, photos of Vanessa Hudgens appeared online, one showing her posing in lingerie and another showing her nude. A statement from her publicist claims that the photo was taken privately and it was unfortunate that they were released on the Internet. Hudgens later apologised, saying that she was “embarrassed over the situation” and regretted having “taken those photos”.
Hudgens subsequently released a statement indicating that she declined to comment further on the subject.
OK! magazine speculated that Hudgens would be dropped from High School Musical 3 as a result of the images, but The Walt Disney Company denied this, saying, “Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.”
In August 2009, another set of pictures showing Vanessa Hudgens topless emerged on the Internet. Hudgens’ representatives did not comment, though her lawyers requested the removal of the pictures from the Internet.
In late 2009, Hudgens sued “www.moejackson.com” for posting nude “self-portrait photographs” of her taken on a mobile phone in a private home.
Hudgens later commented on the photos’ impact on her career in the October issue of Allure with, “Whenever anybody asks me, would I do nudity in a film, if I say that it’s something I’m not comfortable with, they’re like, ‘Bullshit, you’ve already done it.’ If anything, it makes it more embarrassing, because that was a private thing. It’s screwed up that someone screwed me over like that. At least some people are learning from my mistake.”
According to Us Weekly, further pictures were released on the Internet on March 15, 2011.
Vanessa Hudgens was represented by William Morris Agency but signed on to Creative Artists Agency in 2011.
In 2006, Hudgens’s earnings were estimated to be $2 million.
Hudgens was included in Forbes richest list in early 2007, and the Forbes article noted that she was included in Young Hollywood’s Top Earning-Stars.
On December 12, 2008, Hudgens was ranked No. 20 in the list of Forbes “High Earners Under 30”, having reported to have an estimated earnings of $3 million in 2008.
She was number 62 at FHM’s Sexiest Women in the World of 2008 and number 42 in the 2009 list.
Hudgens is also featured in Maxim’s lists.
She was included in People’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People” 2008 and 2009 lists.
Vanessa Hudgens promotes Neutrogena and was the 2008 featured celebrity for Sears’ back-to school campaign.
In 2007, she became a spokesperson for Marc Eckō products but ended the contract after two years.
Hudgens regularly volunteers for charitable activities, including those for Best Buddies International, Lollipop Theater Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
Hudgens is also featured in A Very Special Christmas Vol.7 disc which benefits the Special Olympics.
Hudgens is also part of the “Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C): Change The Odds” along with other Hollywood stars including Zac Efron, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Bell, and others.
Brian Schall sued Vanessa Hudgens in 2007 for an alleged “breach of contract”; according to the suit, Schall claims he advanced costs and expenses on Hudgens’s behalf for her songwriting and recording career.
Schall claims Hudgens owed him $150,000 after helping her earn more than $5 million for her music career. Hudgens argued that she was a 16-year-old minor when she signed the contract in October 2005, and therefore too young to do so. She subsequently disaffirmed it on October 9, 2008. Papers filed in court by her lawyer say California’s Family Code “provides that the contract of a minor is voidable and may be disaffirmed before (age 18) or within a reasonable time afterward.”
In 2008, Hudgens was sued by Johnny Vieira, who claims he was owed a share of Hudgens’s advances, royalties and merchandising revenue in exchange for his management services. Vieira accuses Hudgens of abandoning her talent team as soon as she became a commercial name.
In early May 2009, the case was settled.
Vanessa’s first album was titled V released on September 26, 2006, under the label “Hollywood”. There are a total of 12 tracks in this studio album of hers.
2003 American drama film Thirteen is her first film, in which she portrayed the role of Noel.
First TV Show
In 2002, she got a chance to appear in American sitcom television series Still Standing. She did the role of Tiffany when she appeared in the episode 4 of season 1 titled “Still Rocking”.
She has done other shows as well, but mostly they are also just 1 or 2 appearances.
Vanessa Hudgens had been doing a 90 minutes workout with her personal trainer. She has achieved a nice physique by doing kettlebell workout for 6 months for the 2011 movie Sucker Punch. Now, she needs to maintain her best figure and probably, that she knows very well, as she is now focusing yoga and pilates.
Vanessa Hudgens Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Chocolate, sushi
Favorite TV Program – Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-)
Favorite Movies – Thirteen (2003), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Favorite Color – Red
Favorite Fashion Idols – Natalie Wood
Favorite Music Genre – Rock
Favorite Singers – Alicia Keys, Celine Dion
Favorite Song to perform in Concert – Let’s Dance
Favorite Hobby – Photography
Vanessa Hudgens Facts
Vanessa’s father was a firefighter while her mother held a succession of office jobs.
Vanessa has pets too. These are – Shadow Hudgens (Dog), Cheetah (and it is not a wild animal; it is just the name).
www.vanessahudgensofficial.com is her official website.
All of Vanessa’s grandparents were musicians.
She started her career at the age of 8 by singing in local theaters and appearing in productions like Carousel, Cinderella and others.
She is fond of horror movies.
She is the older sister of Stella Hudgens.
She recorded her debut studio album V in just 2 months.
Vanessa had desired to study business in the college.
Once, she had a thought to audition in the famous TV show “American Idol” (2002-).