Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter and actress. Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 2007–2009. She signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, and also had a supporting role in the 2014 film The Other Woman. In 2013, she was a main judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.
In April 2013, Minaj became the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. She has won four American Music Awards, eight BET Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and Billboard’s Women in Music 2011 Rising Star award.