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Nicki Minaj's Grammys Performance - Watch Now!

Nicki Minaj's Grammys Performance - Watch Now!

Nicki Minaj levitates during her performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on Sunday (February 12) in Los Angeles.

The 29-year-old rapper kicked it off by confessing the lyrics to her new single, “Roman Holiday,” while sitting next to The Pope, the same man she walked with on the red carpet earlier in the evening.

The performance, called “The exorcism of [Nicki's alter ego] Roman,” was choreograhed by Laurieann Gibson and featured religious imagery, pyrotechnics, and backup dancers dressed as monks.

“OMG @ that chris brown performance. >>>>>>>> SHUT DOOWWWNNNN,” Nicki tweeted about another one of the night’s performers.

Nicki Minaj’s Grammys Performance 2012

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Credit: Kevin Winter; Photos: Getty
Posted to: 2012 Grammy Awards, Nicki Minaj

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  • Alex Johnson


    Nikki Minaj is an artist. This was art. I actually thing it was a great performance from a creativity and choreography standpoint. You claim that this act was terrible and talk about its religious content. You even have a handle that suggests you’re catholic….yet you start off your comment with OMFG??? How ironic is that??? #checkyourself

  • Kannibal Monster

    Nicki Minaj is a shit,

  • Lady T


    Ray! Ray! Ray! I could not have phrased your comment any better if I tried. I do not understand how such a prestigous event would allow such negative and offensive performance to be aired and viewed by millions. I pray that God has mercy when judgement comes because this was offensive to religion whatever the denomination. Can somebody say God help us in the name of JESUS! Have we forgotten blood was shed so that we could be redeemed from demonic torment but yet we entertain it!!! O.M.G.

  • Dmoney42

    Can I ask you guys a question….Is this her desperate way of getting some sort of acting job?

  • Katie

    Nicki started off so talented with her catchy, spicy lyrics. What happened, Nicki? This is just bad. I mean, really bad.

  • WriterChick

    WTF was that. Has this chick absolutely lost her f’n mind. Who’s consulting on this BS. And I’m sorry, did they not give any consideration that this type of performance the night after the world just lost a music icon, might be a little – I don’t know – OFF. This is just bad PR.

    Not to mention the song is stupid as shyt. One wonders, in this land of one hit wonders, how this is going to affect the rest of her career. I wouldn’t be shocked to watch it spiral out of control. Dummy.

  • Cassandra

    Ok, I get it. “Roman” her alter ego is gay (stated by Minaj herself) and I’m assuming that this was all about how Catholics think it’s not okay to be gay and they try to give medication or they say that the person is possessed by a demon and this is all about how gays are ridiculed by religious groups. Overdone, yes I think so. Massive creep factor, absolutely. It practically gave me nightmares.

  • C.Wood20

    Lost some respect on that one Nicki. smh…

  • Michelle

    I was sincerely distrubed by this performance. It’s offensive, I think it would have been fine if she didn’t incorporate the whole church thing it would have been a great great performance. But nicki needs attention.

    Would have loved to see Lady Gaga instead.

  • phil

    this kind of garbage makes me think that the illuminati is real. because there’s no possible way she could get famous unless she payed someone, sold her soul, or sucked someones dick. a grammys performance???? wtf???????? this world is so brainwashed to except this as talent.

  • Jay

    You people who criticize this should look in the mirror for even consdering buying this so called music. I don’t watch the Grammy’s for agood reason apparently.

  • Jay

    Actually, why didn’t they leave her shackled permanently?

  • http://Nanita_Babez Nanita

    Run Run Nicki has Turned a Ugly Monster HAHAHa ooh shit May God HAve Mercy on you Nicki Minaj
    F.Y.I im a fan but when u wer bac in pink barbie not roman holiday or stupid hoe

  • Paulski

    @Lady T:

    Whilst i think that the performance was garbage i don’t agree with Rays comments of censoring any who may “offend”. Additionally it is apparent that you find it offensive because of your beliefs, although in the interest of fairness it should be added that many people feel that the parts of religion that this performance attacked is equally offensive – that of claiming that homosexuality is wrong, or that it is some form of “disease”, and that mental illness or behaviour that falls outside of the “norm” is a religious issue and can be treated by exorcism.

    Not condoning the performance, as i though it was awful, but to spout off about censoring because something is offensive is a bit rich. The Church should be as open to criticism as any other establishment, and recent events have proven how dangerous suppressing any type of criticism can be.

  • TWW

    What’s confusing about Nicki Minaj’s performance? She performed The Exorcism of Roman. Or was that unclear with the title, and the mini video?
    If you’re upset about this, then in retrospect you should also be mad at EVERY other single exorcism movie for the matter. Exorcisms involve the church, and priest. get over yourselves, and step your analytical skills up.

  • windrider2

    @zeeessss: Now we know why Gaga fired Laurieann Gibson. This piece was an incoherent mess. I guess Gibson isn’t nearly the genius she thinks she is because this was awful. And obviously Gibson is not the devout Christian she claims to be either because this was not merely an anti-Catholic screed.

  • TWW

    @Alina: Uhh obviously it was the Exocism of roman, wth did you expect. Get over it, not that big of a deal.

  • Chantal

    I don’t understand why people are so upset about this. How is this controversial?.. It’s not like the Catholic Church has been entirely innocent in the past. It’s actually quite the opposite. Has anyone ever thought that Nicki is making a statement about how people believe that being ‘exorcised’ could ‘take the gay out’ of someone? I mean… Roman IS her ‘gay male alter ego’… All I see is ignorant Catholic comments calling her the demon and pure evil and such. And really, I’m sure if she was the ‘demon’ she’d be doing a lot worse. Please screw your head on straight.

  • TWW

    @Michelle: How do you not involve a priest with a exorcism. -__-”

  • dungetit

    Trying way too hard to be Lady Gaga? I dont get it… Its garbage!

  • Paloma

    Ummmmm wtf was that.. im not even a strong catholic and i found that offensive. that was just wierd, i guess thats what shes going for though -_- and she sounded like shhiittt.

  • Offended

    The whole act was done in VERY bad taste that I dunno where to start. The title of her song? I’m an Audrey fan so I wouldn’t want that same title as with her movie to be linked with such rubbish. Her escort? Even Muslims and Jews know that the Pope is someone who deserves great repect. Her performance? You call that music?! What in the world is wrong with the Academy? That piece of — shouldn’t have been allowed! And after Whitney’s tribute too!

  • anon

    probably the worst attempt at an english accent i’ve heard in a long time..

  • Mellie

    The difference between Nicki and Lady Gaga is that Gaga has actual talent. Nicki’s performance was utter trash and attention seeking for shock value.

  • Wow

    @Ray: Exactly… and what about that other piece of trash at the superbowl… flipping off millions. Please, stop putting this worthless talent on stage.

  • Mellie

    @Alex, this was not art…this was B*** S*** of the highest order.

  • Lisa

    This is one of the sickest, filthiest, most disgusting things I’ve ever seen, and to allow it on the Grammys, which is supposed to be a classy show. The Grammys have been going downhill for years, but this is definitely one of the worst , most ridiculous things I”ve seen.


    All imma say is Illuminati devil worship taking place right before america WAKE UP PEOPLE. Our youth is listening to this trash i bet many people were afraid to go to sleep after watching that. What cracks me up is the prayer LL said in the begining and then her performance Uhhh excuse me but you can’t serve the devil and God choose. I can’t believe people applauded that mess they should have put together a tribute to whitney instead of that and Hudson messed that song all up what a total disappointment. They ALL need Jesus hes coming back soon be ready!!


    @joey: Love what you said GODS PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THIS MESS!!!!



  • Sierra

    This is actually painful to watch..

  • tony

    I thought it was entertaining!! Everyone wants to bad mouth her like they could do better!!! It dosn’t matter what you all think because shes great and shes rich!!! You all must be a bunch of old farts that don’t understand how things are now a days and how Nicki personality is!! Hats off to yah Nicki that shit was bad…….I loved it!!!!! All of a sudden people think there judges on American Idol!! Can;t believe that garbage thats coming outta peoples mouth but like I said a majority of them are probably old or just dorks IDK but I thought it was awesome!!!!

  • tony

    @Alex Johnson: lol hats off to ya………i thought it was art also…..I loved it!!!

  • Great!

    Nicki Minaj should do an exorcism of Jennifer Aniston act. That would be more realistic, and fun, too. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Carrie

    Nicki should listen to Dave Grohls acceptance speech.

  • TashaW

    check out Brianna Perry’s new ‘stay schemin’ freestyle!! this girl goes HARD !!

  • annie

    bring on GAGA but this is a laugh laugh,can she edver sing.

  • TashaW

    check out Brianna Perry’s new ‘stay schemin’ freestyle!! this girl goes HARD!!!!!

  • Princess C

    This was ridiculously awful and people actually liked this……. Like are you kidding me WTF!!!!!!!!!!

  • annoyed.


  • shamrock7

    I’m absolutely disgusted, disturbed, and shocked that she would do this production on the night of a celebration of “MUSIC” and “MEMORY OF WHITNEY HOUSTON” with this bad taste performance. If we all reflect on the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, and other bands, musicians from our history, the music was so pleasant, mellow, happy and influenced our society in a sweeter way. This song/act represents the darkness that surrounds us. Nicki is capable of so much more and this truly disappoints me. My daughter enjoys her music, but now, after this performance I can not support her currently.

    peace and love~

  • Nickmar

    I love how every comment that compliments this performance gets hidden from a low rating. I was entertained. If you knew anything about Nicki Minaj and her music, you would understand the symbolism behind this performance. Yes, it was over the top. But that’s who she is. Oh, and this comment will probably be hidden because I’m not ridiculing her, so thanks for clicking to see it!

  • youwish

    @tony: that’s cool that you your saying your opinion and all but at the same time, try to refrain from bad mouthing others. your making yourself look stupid. bad mouthing people who have their own opinions too. SMH.

  • jane

    awful…absolutely and completely hideous

  • andrea

    Adele- no alter ego = 6 Grammy’s
    Nicki Minaj- 6 alter egos = 0 Grammy’s

  • kir

    This Web site by a Pastor in L.A. has some amazing documentary on the role of evil in very accepted music. Satan was an angel and angels are gifted in music…

  • Tee

    how sacrilegious… wow no respect for her anymore

  • Carmen


  • peace349

    This was pure disrespect for the catholics and other religions that believe in GOD first, second if we look back at other performances from year before, she has done what they have done. They say once you accept the terms of Illuminiti you have to make the performance known to everyone that is watching, she has sold her soul for fame and fortune. This is not music, but madness in our faces. please take the msg from the video and not the lyrics (lack of). damn shame

  • Jorde

    That was a wonderful performance nicki is so creative n people need to stop being so dam jelous cuz they could make it in the music industry and she did. . . greens an ugly color on yall, I dont advise wearing it!