Nicki Minaj Explains Grammy Performance Of "Roman Holiday," Responds To Criticism

Calling her performance "creative craziness," Nicki Minaj explains her "vision" for the show before promising a more upbeat single will follow.

After debuting her new single "Roman Holiday" this weekend, Nicki Minaj discussed her Grammy performance, her next move as an artist and more. During a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, the Harajuku Barbie shared that the controversial Religion-themed performance was her "creative craziness" and promised her next single will make people dance. 

While she has faced criticism for the Grammy show, the YMCMB star noted that it was her vision coming to life on stage.

“I had this vision for [the Roman character] to be sort of exorcised—or actually he never gets exorcised—but people around him tell him he’s not good enough because he’s not normal, he’s not blending in with the average Joe. And so his mother is scared and the people around him are afraid because they’ve never seen anything like him. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing and he’s sure of himself and confident, but he’s never gonna change, he’s never gonna be exorcised. Even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above.”

After explaining the plot, she also answered some who asked why she chose to perform "Roman Holiday." Minaj then explained that it was not her decision. 

“The Grammys chose ‘Roman Holiday.’ The producers of the Grammys came to the studio and I played them ‘Roman Holiday,’ and I could not play them another record after they heard that. They went crazy. I could have chosen to do a no-brainer pop song, but I can’t do it anymore. I have to stay true to what I’m doing.”

Nevertheless, Nicki said that it is only "one facet" of her brand and then said her next single would have people dancing. 

“‘Starships’ is one of my absolute, absolute favorite records on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. It just sounds like a Ryan Seacrest-type of record. And I’m so excited for you to give this song your blessing, Ryan, because I know people are gonna love it. It feels right. It just feels good. It makes people feel happy and that’s all I want. I want to start the year off with making people feel good. The [Grammy] performance was the performance, that was my creative craziness, and now it’s time to make people dance and have fun, and that’s all I want to do.”

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is scheduled to drop in early April. Earlier this morning, she debuted its latest offering "Starships."

RELATED: Nicki Minaj Performs "Roman Holiday" At The 2012 Grammy Awards

123 Comments

  • Chris

    I actually like this song AND the Roman Holiday performance. Was Roman Holiday using shock value to grab attention? YES! She's not the first and only artist to use shock value as a means to express their work. I commend her for showing how foolish people use religion to justify their own judgement of other people. True, she does borrow from the example of other performers but she puts her own spin on things. I always laugh when people say she is copying Lil Kim, their musical styles are COMPLETELY different. Hip Hop is not dead, rather it is evolving and becoming more mainstream. Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with because she is not afraid to bridge the gaps between different genres of music. What she is doing is new and unique for hip hop and rap and I personally look forward to seeing what she has to come out with in the future.

    • Anonymous

      Dude, you're a fucking idiot. Kill yourself for the bullshit you said. Nicki's not doing anything new or unique. She's just another generic pop artist.

  • Disgusted

    (Ill)uminati conspirators make me sick, blaming anything they dont understand on the illuminati, its like everybody woke up in the morning and reached enlightenment, and now they can point out a member of (Ill)uminati like THAT, they know exactly what it looks like. "Aww aww aww a bitch that wears crazy costumes and colorful wigs and does performances of herself being exorcised aww aww aww ILLUMINATI" Can someone ANYONE come at me with some solid proof and facts on (Ill)uminati????????????????

  • Anonymous

    Her Creative Retardedness LMAO

  • Gabriel

    instead of talk about this crazy broad,repent to ur father and be saved. or follow this trick to the gates of hell and beyond. with all these people in showbizz...

  • The Mak

    'I could have played them a no brain pop song but I cant do it anymore, I have to stay true to myself.' This coming from the 'artist' that created Stupid Hoe, the worst song to hit the airwaves in the past ten years ...

  • Anonymous

    if know one would pay attention to this wack chick she might be able to disappear but since everybody is talking about her highly controversial performance, which was a joke. Talk about trying to get attention lady gaga madonna wanna be loser

  • Anonymous

    She said it herself... "The Grammys chose Roman Holiday. The producers of the Grammys came to the studio and I played them Roman Holiday, and I could not play them another record after they heard that"

  • NG

    Anybody who reaches her type of fame as quickly as she did is DEFINITELY under the thumb of somebody more powerful. Although she's not powerful, rich or even intelligent enough to be a "part" of the Illuminati (she's probably not even sick enough either...which is a good thing), she's definitely a "pawn" that helps push their agenda...even if it's unknowingly... Unfortunate truth.

  • Anonymous

    Stupid, silly, foolish cunt**

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: elite mutha fuckas got this bitch on a collar. she done got down with they satanic shit. got the lil girls likin other girls, bein hoes, bein plastic barbie bitches, acting dingy, and next it will be denouncing religion. Feed the kids poison and watch em turn into monsters or just die...and niggas wonder why the future lookin bleak than a mutha fucka +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ EXACTLY MAH G. I TOLD THEM ON THE GRAMMY THREAD, THEY DON'T KNOW SH!T ABOUT THIS GAME. Y'ALL KEEP PLAYIN' AROUN' ON THE WEB WHILE WOMEN LIKE HER AND LADY GAGA TEACH Y'ALL FUTURE WIVES AND BABY MOMMA'S HOW TO ACT. NONE OF US KNOW WHO'S ON THE GRAMMY BOARD PICKIN' WINNERS JUST LIKE NONE OF US KNOW WHO R THE 538 ELECTORATE DELEGATES, WHO ARE CHOSEN (hand picked) TO DECIDE WHO WILL B PREZ & MAKE DECISIONS FOR THE MILLIONS OF US AN' INFLUENCE THE WORLD. I JUS' NAMED 2 SECRETIVE SOCIETIES.

    • Ellie

      that excuse is so 2007...it takes a village to raise a child...its not just the parents...celebs have a responsibility whether they like it or not...and whether U like it or not...a lot of little girls are mad insecure ( I know cuz I was like that) and will follow what a celeb says...whether u believe it or not...my mother never raised me to believe in Hollywood values but there were many times that I did because I was a young, insecure girl..though I never been to jail or on drugs....there were times when I had to feel like I had to be a certain way to be cool...and yes I had many friends too and they probably were all just like me...dressin up like our favorite celebs-I did the JLO thing with blonde hair...Hell-even lil Kim admitted feelin insecure around white women and look at her now..females are very different from males and are easily influenced...u have to be careful...

    • Mr. West

      I like how you put the blame on artist and not PARENTS, ya know, the people that are in charge of what a child is exposed to. And are in charge of showing the child the world that they will have to live in. NICE cop out, get a life with this Illuminati shit. Everyone knows that their are powers that be and run industry and that you have to play ball wit them or not that's, your own choice. I believe Jay-Z said "you cant knock the hustle" 2pac "Once you understand the levels and the rules of the game the world ain't a trick no more its a game to be played"...play the game and play to win winners get to go home and fuck the prom queen, while you beat ya meat.

  • Passport swag

    You are are stupid or just have not left the country and partied in asian countries european and eastern european countries. Dubai to beruit and so on. Well i have and this starships track is going to make big big money for wayne it will be the global break through for him. Im not a fan of this style but business wise it pays better than keeping it gutta or r&B. Get ya passport swag up people.

  • JC

    Garbage music for unmusical losers (and/or teenagers). This bitch needs to go!! Destroying hip-hop with disgraceful, unmusical noise.

    • Anonymous

      @:JC: Co-sign @:Mr West: Fuck off prick, dont you have a nicki minaj message board to be sucking dick on?

    • Mr. West

      Homie you and people like you are destroying hip hop, how many albums did you buy in 2011? And how many did you DL/steal? NEWS FLAH POP SELLS, and hip hop has many forms. If more people bought "real" hip hop underground stuff instead of WTT and the like things would be different, but you have to much darkness in your heart to tied to your sense of entitlement to buy music you actually like and suggest to your friends they do the same.

  • SHOOSH CUNT

    this stupid hoe is a waste of space, cept for that ass, that can take up as much space as is like and get teared the fark up.

  • S.mouse!

    R.I.P hiphop 1979 - 1998

  • illestni99ainne

    dude wtf was that i just listened to? this is what hip hop accepts as part of its artform? call me a old head or whatever but this is shit music dude. i understand trying to bend genre's and whatnot but this is our music why should we conform to what pop country r&b wants? im done

  • NY777

    Now HOW can ANYONE can deny that the Devil is real... and that Cash Money, Rocafella, Interscope, Strange Noise, and alot of other artists are involved in satanic ish... Nicki Minaj worships Lucifer.. no way around that fact!!!!!

  • Protektah X

    Kola Boof ethering this self hating bitch on twitter almost everyday.

  • Real Talk 100

    At worst, she worships and spreads evil, at best, she worships and spreads evil and just doesnt she's doin it. You all can deny it, a few years ago I would have. How do you explain it than? Shock value? We are seriously on some evil shit in this country, alot of shit goin on reminds me of those stories in the Bible of the people worshiping idols and shit. On a fashion tip, I didnt know Nicki could outdo the other devil worshiper Lady Gaga on how fuckin retarded she looked, but she pulled it off. I think those ninjas wit squirrel-suits dancin for Chris Brown had better outfits. Speakin of Lady Gaga, she looked like a pair of balls being pushed into a fucking net lmao

  • Troll Terminator

    At this point, shes better off doing porn. Then again with retarded mutherfuckers/living in their moms basement/ getting checks from hhdx for trolling type niggas like Yadig keep supporting her shit, then she'll continue to think her garbage is a value to music. I dont know about all of you but this shit aint hip hop and Its certainly not going to last forever.

  • kevin smith

    what the fuck is the black music world coming too if someone wants to shoot a rapper i wish someone would kill nikki manajis fake titty gimmick platic burnt out lookin ass she needs to turn to strippin and call it a day she has been wack from day one something has got to give will the veteran female mcs please return and show this wack bitch how to rock to mic and keep it real with yourself and dont sell out just make a fuckin hit im talkin about real female mcs like heather b sonya blade bahamidia lady of rage they will rip nikkis wack ass apart rhyme for rhyme bar for bar real talk

    • lml

      ok u can shut up nicki is cool af she just tryin to please every body to mii starships sounds dumb af but idc let her do her the performance was ok the song was jammin but i think mybe they shud have changed the look of it becuase it was very religouse an it seemed like she was the fuckin devil but idc its her i personaly dont like the new nicki but i do like the songs she cumin out with shes tryin to please everbody an for an artist thats hard to do ovbiously you dont know that soo leave her alone becuase she doing her an makin money doin it and look at you sittin in the house commentin on sumin that she probly dont care about

  • Anonymous

    elite mutha fuckas got this bitch on a collar. she done got down with they satanic shit. got the lil girls likin other girls, bein hoes, bein plastic barbie bitches, acting dingy, and next it will be denouncing religion. Feed the kids poison and watch em turn into monsters or just die...and niggas wonder why the future lookin bleak than a mutha fucka

    • NG

      Anybody who reaches her type of fame as quickly as she did is DEFINITELY under the thumb of somebody more powerful. Although she's not powerful, rich or even intelligent enough to be a "part" of the Illuminati (she's probably not even sick enough either...which is a good thing), she's definitely a "pawn" that helps push their agenda...even if it's unknowingly...

    • Anonymous

      hit rite on da head with that one

    • Anonymous

      You are a retard to believe Niki Minaj has any Illuminati involvement.

    • TheFed

      Right on. Shit was so obvious, yet folks want to look the other way.

  • YM KILLA

    THIS BITCH NEEDS TO DIE HEY ALL YOU RELIGIOUS PEOPLE GO FIND A KIDNAPPER AND MAKE THIS HO DESPAIR NO BODY NO CASE

  • YADIG

    THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD'VE MADE THIS PERFORMANCE BETTER WOULD BE IF NICKI TOOK OUT HER DICK AND PISSED ALL OVER MY FACE LIKE SHE DID LAST NIGHT!!!

  • Tracy

    I loved Pink Friday, but this new stuff she putting out is really disappointing me. Where is Itty Bitty Piggy Nicki, it seem like she's not even a rapper anymore, seems like she trying to please others too much. I still got love for her though, because Pink Friday was amazing.

  • Anonymous

    utter nonsense...so the Grammy people come to the studio...your FAVORITE song is 'Starships'...yet you played the other song FIRST...then you say YOU had the vision of the performance...but THEY picked the song...straight up...FOHWTBS...you all tried to stir up controversy with the performance to get the album promotion in high gear and it BACKFIRED...now you're back to the drawing board with the "NO BRAINER POP RECORD" 'Starships'...not even 3 DAYS LATER...Google it, and see all the press LOVING this song to sell it to you sheep...

  • Anonymous

    this bitch needs to hop on the porn train

  • wedontlovethemhos

    Until nikki minaj does porn from ruining this genre of music, enjoy some bella moretti.

  • AP

    "I could have chosen to do a no-brainer pop song, but I cant do it anymore. I have to stay true to what Im doing.....That doesnt make sense. Why do something if your not doing it??? She never makes sense in anything that she does.

  • YESSIR

    I AM SITTING HERE LAUGHING AT YOU CLOWNS. YOU ARE POSTING WAY MORE SHIT ON NICKI ARTICLE THAT ALL THE OTHER ONES WITH YOUR FAV BACKPACK RAPPERS. AND YOU WONDER WHY SHE GETS MORE ATTENTION. GO POST ON THE OTHER PEOPLE YOU LOVE SO MUCH BUT WONT BUY THERE MUSIC OR GO TO THEIR CONCERTS. HATE SPREAD THE OWRD FASTER THAN LOVE NICKI IS MAKING MONEY OFF YOU GUYS AND YOU DONT EVEN REALIZE IT.

    • YESSIR SUCKS DICK

      Keep telling yourself that bullshit. In your world MC Hammer/Vanilla Ice are Hip Hop legend cause they sold units of the back of people hating their music. stfu! cock sucker.

    • ETK

      holy shit.. YESSIR may actually be right for once. once in a blue moon ting that said, you also gotta stop fuckin playing pheonix wright for lil wayne and there might be less hate directed too

    • Anonymous

      shut up bitch we'd bring it your way too if we knew where to find your cape crusader ass!!

    • ilove

      lol this is true man shits krazzyy

  • kristina

    dude idk what the fuck this roman shit is, but its crazy the bitch needs to chill and go back to the bad ass she was

  • Mr Flamboyant

    This nonsense has got to stop. Seriously. She needs to just do orn and get it over with. She's sold her soul and dignity high enough as it is already....just go all in with something a gang of niggas can enjoy and would rather have. Cause from the outtakes I saw on the news of that atrocious performance...my Lord. That is beyond reach and is some of the dumber shit ever to hit a tv. When BET won't play your video, you KNOW you've hit rock bottom and are beyond a fool. They play anything gatdamn stupid as shit and they won't play your songs. Oh well. Good luck with the rest of the career you have. It would last much long after this.

  • K

    Nicki Minaj please save all your Bullsh*t seriously. We all know you sold your Soul for Fame and I wouldn't be surprised if this was some type of initiation into some kind of cult *cough cough* ILLUMINATI maybe hmmmmm. Sad thing is before you got signed and changed up your style, image etc you could flow and you did have talent. Too bad another gorgeous Girl has to sell out just to get her Music out there. If you were really about the love for Music/Hip Hop you wouldn't be doing what you're doing. Anyway please put down the Mic now because you're annoying and I'm tired of hearing your wack ass voice it drives me up the Wall. Someone please call up Lauryn Hill, Heather B, Jean Grae, Yo Yo or MC Lyte so they can show Miss Minaj how real Female Emcee's do it. And Nicki please STOP with this air Head black Barbie Girl gimmick it's wack and so are you. RIP Whitney Houston another Lengend gone too soon

  • fuck young money

    nicki should kill herself and her fans should follow suit as well. fuck this cunt, blowjobs in exchange for a record deal is what this cunt is

  • Matt G

    http://mattgmuzik.com/2012/02/14/no-nonsense/

  • Anonymous

    shut the fuck up nicki minaj you are a dirty cunt with no talent. get over it and do us a favor and quit!

  • Anonymous

    Bring the old Nicki back. That thick, hood type bitch doin freestyles pullin stacks out her purse lookin like a real bad bitch, before all them colorful ass wigs and retarded ass costumes. The Original Nicki Minaj lil wayne signed, this new chick on some otha shit, its lame. Who cares about rome? The shit was coo when you went in with Em, but now its a gimmick that has outstretched its limits. You really are a talented rapper, but the image your trying to take on, is so lame. Your not little red riding hood, your not some religious exile. Get back to rippin shit.

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^^^^^^ You sound ridiculous you dont even know me my nigga OBVIOUSLY i thought she was the shit back when AND I GREW UP ON PAC!!!!!!!!!!! and if his shit started to suck i would disagree with it too You sound like one of those people who love your favorite artists music despite the fact that it begins to LACK QUALITY get real bluhd

    • Anonymous

      fuck off nigga you were probably hate on her back then too. no pleasing your fake ass rap fans. if pac was alive you'd hate him too

  • Anonymous

    That was the dumbest shit i'v ever seen in my life. If i where a Nicki Manaj fan I would feel like a complete imbecile.. Sounded like garbage.. She has to have the best studio in Hollywood, and run everything in Protools because she has no real talent...

  • slapyobitchass

    What the fuck was that garbage she was playing at the grammys. That shortbus performance and that shitty ass song was probably the most horrific thing I've ever seen at a music show. This bitch is just trying for shock value because she knows the music blows chunks.

  • slick

    fake or not nikki got the best tits in the game

  • Fossie

    She is a nogo !!!Wack as hell!!

  • jg

    that performance proved this bitch has gone off the deep end.

  • Joe

    come check this out... Up and comming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4S3_gVfiqo&feature=share

  • Joe

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4S3_gVfiqo&feature=share

  • The Pope

    Yes, this truly is an outrage *Helps Nazis* The church will not stand for such terrible behavior *ejaculates in 3 year old's colon* We are the divine voice of God on Earth *uses the Bible to justify slavery*

  • Swordz

    No-Brainer Pop song.... is that all of her songs. NICKI - I respect your grind and hustle but this Roman shit has gotta stop. It's wack. The music is wack. And in the end - you'll be sorry. Go back to rapping and drop the shit dance records and stupid clothes... you aint GAGA bitch!

  • Sorry Its True

    Nicki minaj raps circles around nas.

    • Anonymous

      hell yea she do

    • K

      @SorryItsTrue did you just say Nicki can Rap circles around Nas? lmfao sorry how old are you idiot? Before you diss a Legend like Nas go listen to albums like "illmatic", "it was Written", "I Am","Stillmatic", "The Lost Tapes" etc before you talk. The first appearance Nas ever did on Main Source's "Live @ the Barbeque" is way better then Nicki's entire albums so shut the f**k up. You young ass Kids don't know a damn thing about lyrics or real Hip Hop and i'm tired of y'all talking. I'm so grateful I grew up with the Hip Hop from the 80's and 90's because the Hip Hop Artist coming out today most of them are garbage and Nicki Minja is proof of that. Respect to all my real Hip Hop Headz World wide

    • Anonymous

      you wish lol this wack ass bitch

  • IT

    The fact that you little kids get so angry about her is hilarious to me. You're just like whiny gossip girls. You claim you hate people and then you can't help comment on every single article that features them. Has she really offended your sensibilities that much? She's a pop star for fuck's sake. Get a life.

  • Hip Pop

    Can't wait till this dumb broad dissappears once her 15 mins of fame are up. Madonna may have been getting at the catholic church throughout her career but at least she could sing. What's this label tools excuse? How about she really gets exorcised from hip hop by her hypeman sb! Dude isn't eating well, so he might have to land a few blows to empty head.

  • Anonymous

    Damn, if Ryan Seacrest co-signs the song, then I'm in there too. Are you kidding me? She's lookin to Ryan for approval? What is this hip hop nation coming to? She ain't hip hop anyway. Oh well

  • Anonymous

    religion bashers are the worst kind of scum. You give them respect even if they have faith in nothing and they spit in your faces for what its worth. No matter what you believe in all you can do is pray for those kind of people, cause their very bitter. I would be bitter too if I had faith in nothing but a no talented, heavily surgeoned hoe that satan uses to control simple minds.

  • hightower

    This may be one of the worse songs of all time, and holy shit (no pun intended) that performance was terrible...

  • BIATCH!!!

    Look dont try and come at my religion like that bitch... i have no respect for you how u gonna come after the pope you must have lost your mind and to the ppl hating on religion go fuck yourself for real!

  • DJ Hi-DEF

    I had this vision for [the Roman character] to be sort of exorcisedor actually he never gets exorcisedbut people around him tell him hes not good enough because hes not normal, hes not blending in with the average Joe. And so his mother is scared and the people around him are afraid because theyve never seen anything like him. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing and hes sure of himself and confident, but hes never gonna change, hes never gonna be exorcised. Even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above. ^^^^Maybe it's just me, but I didn't see this AT ALL in her performance at the Grammy's. The mini 'movie' was like 35 seconds, the performance felt rushed and trashy and the song was weak. Brainwashing little girls into thinking this is cool is both irresponsible, immature and beyond wack to me.

  • JC

    Fk this biyaatch!! That would have to be contender for all time wackest performance. Nicky Minaj and the whole gay YMCMB crew is ruining hip-hop. End of story. There is nothing musical about what she does, it is pure trash.

    • Anonymous

      her and weezy have lost their mind, drake singing like a girl, and ross moaning all the time! wow hip hop is really going places! not. wack mofos

  • Anonymous

    just checked out starships even though i hate this bitch and i still hate this bitch sounds like some techno dance bullshit

  • Anonymous

    I love how everyone who had shit to talk posted anonymous.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing in this world has caused more pain and suffering then organized religion, so I could care less what there crying about, I'm not a fan of this broad but the Catholic church should worry less about a grammy performance and more about all those pedophile priests they cover up for and relocate when they get caught with their hands in an alter boys pants

  • cunt

    I can't stand this broad and her stupid personalities she has, i know what shes trying to do, shes trying to be considered "creative" or "artistic" or whatever, and shes not, it's stupid infact id go as far to say its incredibly fucking stupid. This broad isn't as talented as she makes her self to be, she got plastic surger to give her that ass and tits and uses that as an image to get fans. So sick of hearing about this bitch, someone tell this cunt to shut the fuck up and make me a sandwich

  • Anonymous

    Say what you want but she got what she wanted out of that performance, people are talking about it...... Madonna built a 30 year career out of annoying church people, lol I dont like Nicki Minaj or her music but anybody who can make Bible thumping, religious fanatics cry like the hoes they are gets a thumbs up from me

  • Anonymous

    roman is a gay male alter ego?

  • Fuck Nicki Minaj

    Fuck Nicki Minaj...wack ass artist. I want slit her throat cut off her ass and put it on a plaque and hang it on my wall. Hang it up bitch

  • Anonymous

    how you gonna re release your album not even 2 years after it dropped

  • Anonymous

    " It just sounds like a Ryan Seacrest-type of record" Go fuck yourself whore.

  • Anonymous

    but all her songs are no-brainer pop songs

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