Courtesy of MCT
Some reports are saying that rap queen Nicki Minaj will not be returning to FOX’s “American Idol” after her current contract for Season 12 of the show expires.
Although accounts of backstage politics on “American Idol” vary, reportedly, the cast and crew are fed up with Minaj’s diva-like antics, ranging from seemingly ongoing spats with co-judge Mariah Carey to walking out on various tapings of the show.
Most recently, Minaj got into an on-air and on-Twitter fight with former “American Idol” contestant Devin Velez, telling Velez to “get off the stage” after he forgot certain verses of the song “I Can’t Help Myself” by The Four Tops. Velez tried to defend himself in a phone conference in the following days, stating it’s never clear as to which Minaj will be at the judge’s table because of her “multiple personalities” and that sometimes Minaj forgets the contestants are still human, disregarding their emotions.
Minaj then fired back, in an overall condescending and mocking tone on Twitter, stating if she didn’t want Velez to get to the point in the competition that he did, then he wouldn’t have.
This particular incident between Minaj and Velez is only the most recent in a extensive laundry list of confrontations that Minaj has been in since her start at “American Idol,” not including even the longer list of feuds in her career. And quite frankly, America is tired of hearing about it.
Although her strong and fiercely independent nature can be an excellent example for America’s youth, the constant fighting, bickering and abrasive nature of Minaj is everything but a good example for not only America’s youth but for her fans worldwide.
The way in which Minaj carries herself along with her seemingly irrational thought processes in her actions and words is slowly tarnishing her career. With Facebook groups such as “Remove Nicki Minaj From American Idol” popping up across the web, signs only point to a growing attitude of disdain toward her.
Her music is admittedly infectious and deserves to be in the ranks of the top artists of the current Top 40 music industry, but her attitude, false sense of superiority and image are a complete turn-offs to a wide audience.
With having zero Grammy Awards and only two MTV VMAs, the origin of her sense of superiority is unknown and seemingly unfounded. It’s time for a reality check Ms. Minaj, and maybe an un-renewed contract for Season 13 of “American Idol” could do the trick.
Aside from her antics away from music, her singles from albums “Pink Friday” and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” have been widely successful and accepted in the Top 40 music industry, exemplifying that Minaj is a key player in the popular music arena of today.
And that’s just what we want, for Minaj to focus on making her famed beats instead of creating highly publicized fights with anyone in her path. If she sticks to creating music, Minaj will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the popular music game, but if she persists on this aggressive path, Minaj’s career could be in jeopardy.