Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is noted for her versatility as an artist, her "sharp" lyrics and animated flow in her rapping and her usage of alter egos and accents. Minaj first gained recognition after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009. She rose to fame with her debut album, Pink Friday (2010), which topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The album's fifth single, "Super Bass", reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the highest charting solo song by a female rapper since 2002. It was certified as diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. Minaj's follow-up album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), explored a dance-pop sound and reached number one in several countries worldwide. Her third and fourth studio albums, The Pinkprint (2014) and Queen (2018), explored more personal topics and marked a return to her hip hop roots. The former's second single, "Anaconda", reached number two on the Hot 100 chart and became the first solo female rap music video to reach one billion views on YouTube. In 2019, Minaj's collaboration with Karol G, "Tusa", became the longest running number one single in the history of Argentina's Hot 100 music chart. In 2020, Minaj spawned her first and second U.S. number one Hot 100 singles with her remix of Doja Cat's "Say So" and her collaboration with 6ix9ine, "Trollz", becoming the first female rapper in 22 years to debut at number one on the chart with the latter. She became the first female artist to have one hundred Billboard Hot 100 entries and currently has twenty U.S. top ten singles, which is the most for any female rapper. With the re-release of her Beam Me Up Scotty (2009) mixtape in 2021, Minaj achieved the highest debut for a female rap mixtape in the history of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Cited as the "Queen of Rap" and the "Queen of Hip Hop" by several media outlets, Minaj is also one of the best-selling music artists, with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. The New York Times and other media outlets have described her as one of the most influential rappers of all time, and Billboard ranked her as the top female rapper of the 2010s, and seventh among the top female artists. Her various accolades include eight American Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, and three Guinness World Records. In 2016, Time included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Outside of music, her film career has included voice roles in the animated films Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) as well as supporting roles in the comedy films The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). She is also currently the most followed rapper on Instagram, with over 190 million followers.
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