The bad girl of "American Idol" was the sweetheart of the recording industry last night. Nicki Minaj nabbed the prize for Best Rapper at the Billboard Music Awards, a competition that rewards musicians solely on how well their downloads and CDs sell and how much airplay their songs receive.
As Charlie Sheen might say, "#Winning!"
So how does Minaj's image as a successful rap artist square with the Season 12 "American Idol" judge's reputation as the pesky fly at Mariah Carey's picnic?
Unlike her sulky rival, the owner of more wigs than Cher will likely laugh all the way to the bank. Her brief stint on "Idol" turned out to be a brilliant career move that increased her fame quotient, thanks to the long-running show's built-in audience.
Though some blamed the Minaj-Carey feud for this season's ratings drop, some new viewers may have specifically tuned in to watch the new girl push the veteran recording artist's buttons.
The name calling began right out of the gate during the North Carolina auditions when an annoyed Nicki said, "I told them I'm not f****n' putting up with her f****n' highness over there." On video captured by TMZ, her nemesis replied, ""Oh why, WHYYYY do I have a three year old sitting around me?"
Between "Idol" episodes, Minaj kept the messiness going on Twitter. When Carey said Minaj did not have any number one hits on the Billboard charts. The 30-year-old native of Trinidad tweeted, "All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that."
Meanwhile, when Minaj referred to someone as a b***h in "Hell Yeah," one of her new songs this year, "Nightline's" Barbara Walters asked Carey, "Are you the 'b***h' she's singing about?" Carey responded coolly, "Don't know. I didn't know she sang. I thought she rapped. Or whatever."
Minaj took full advantage of her exposure on the televised Billboard Music Awards show last night (at which she also won awards for Best Rap Album and Top Streaming Artist) to fuel her controversial image. While performing her hit, "High School," with Lil Wayne, she did a stripper-worthy lap dance for her fellow rapper, replete with straddling, writhing and fanning her fingers between her legs.
Though the raunchy routine did nothing to diminish her bad girl reputation, it guaranteed the hot rapper got her share of the evening's headlines. She even had Madonna looking at her with adoring eyes.
As demonstrated by her stint on "American Idol," Minaj has studied the lessons of media darlings Madonna, Lady Gaga and, yes, even Kim Kardashian. When it comes to fame and fortune, It's not how people feel about you that matters -- it's how often your name gets mentioned.
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