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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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  • Resipspen

    Somehow, I don’t see her career lasting as long as, say, Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett.

  • Jorde

    @cari: your extremely jelous

  • Jorde

    @fitzgerald: jelousy


    I guess she figured if Obama can get away with pushing certain religions to do something that is against their beliefs by making birth control mandatory for insurance( part of Obama Care)!!

    Why can’t I disrespect them!!!

    Horrible!!! And to think this is what they get paid for!!! Whatever happened to respect!!!!!!

  • Anon Anarth

    Looks like she just saw Marilyn Manson videos from 10 years ago.

  • KellyfanofNiiki

    Why is this such a bad performance? I’ve seen worst from other artist, including Lady Gaga. This was fun, it wasn’t at all about the singing, but about the acting. If it was on broadyway you would accept it being part of a musical or stage play, because she would be part of a “cast”, playing a character, right? Because it’s the “Grammys”, it’s a problem? Yes the Grammys is about muisc, but things has changed over the years. WE HAVE ALL SEEN WORSE PERFORMANCES AT THE GRAMMYS EVEN BEFORE NIKKI CAME AROUND. I loved it. Niiki is nothing like Lady Gaga, she’s not trying to upstage her at all. Before they were stars, I’m sure they both had a vision and dream of what they wanted to be as artist and it turns out that they so happen to have similar taste in their performances, and what they want to potray themselves as; which is being psychotic/crazy. She’s a great entertainer and rapper, she is Niiki Minaj. None of you can perform like that I bet. You guys missed the whole idea of the performance. Just because she grew up in the “ghetto”, she shouldn’t be accepted as an artist? And why are you comparing her to Adele and Whitney and other artist, they are not the same people. And to you atheist, you can just stop defending the catholic church, because that religion is filled with sin. Don’t pretend to pay respect to what you don’t believe in. Niiki Minaj always had a passion not just for rapping, but acting as well and she will do well in films playing any role. You guys are so mean.

  • Jorde

    @Anon Anarth: stop being jelous it was good

  • mjrenn

    I hope that in the future performers like Adele, McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and all the other folks that rely on talent will be partitioned off seperate from the rest of the circus performers. They really shouldn’t be in the same room. It doesn’t seem right.

  • Jorde

    as if any of you could do better

  • Paulski


    I don’t understand why people keep going on about Whitney Houston’s death and this video. I don’t see how something that was clearly choreographed pre Houston’s death and in no way relates to it could be seen as in anyway relating to it. Its not like she was signing in the bath or anything.

    “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”

    I’m sorry but this is ridiculous, lets look at some of that “mellow and happy” music eh – how about the Protest and anti establishment of Dylans “Hurricane”, The Who’s “My Generation”,or Gil Scott Herons “the revolution will not be televised” the drug overtones of Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” or The Stranglers “Golden Brown”, the anti religion of John Lennon’s “imagine” of Stevie Wonders “Superstition”. There has always been controversial music, and I’m glad that it exists, in fact i would say that there is not enough of it – Public Enemy released Fear of a Black Planet 20 years ago, Scott-Herons released his aforementioned song 30 years ago – and where are we now, a bunch of rappers boasting about how much money they have and how they hate other black musicians.
    I applaud Minaj for attempting to point out the hypocrisy of the Catholic church that on one hand preaches love whilst on the other attacking love if it is between two men, if that was her approach. However it was done in such an awful ham-fisted, unoriginal way that any message was lost under a tidal wave of unoriginal mindless excrement, and i fear this had much more to do with appearing “controversial” then attempting to put across any message.
    For me the most controversial and thought provoking section of the whole night was Grohl’s acceptance speech attacking style over substance, auto tune and musicians who are created by others rather then themselves. It was clear concise and well thought out, the same cannot be said of Minaj’s performance.

  • Jorde

    @mjrenn: oh shut up

  • jaycee

    Working out her religious confusions?
    Overall, just silly – not even a decent critique of religious power.

  • mjrenn

    Jorde….time for your medication

  • urkidding

    where are the groups to stand against this crap. they would stand against it if the jewish or moslem religions were so depicted. AND as for the quality of the music… yamileth you have got to be kidding… this isn’t music, it’s lights and sound music.HA… adelle is music, paul mc cartney is music, whitney houston music.. lady gaga if she would stop being so fashion ridiculous that would help but yes she is music.

  • Roman needs the boot

    i’m sorry but it was a shit performance, something i’d expect gaga to do but with some effort and class. the whole thing was dedicated to posession/mk ultra, it was set in a black mass as well… hense the mockery of ‘oh come all yee faithful’ more importantly notice how she says “go take your meds, need to learn your place roman, they’re gonna sort out your clothes and brain”. Not only that but hello Roman Zolanski = Roman Polanski, now look into him and then you’ll get the reference in the performance.. am i the only one thats pointed that out..?

  • conerned


  • Julie3

    All of this tomfoolery so that she can grab headlines the next day for insulting the church. All it accomplished was to leave us dumbfounded.

  • shamrock7


    Yes, this was choreographed and produced before Whitney’s death, but have some common decency and respect to EDIT the act and wait til Halloween to show it!! Now, maybe the audience would have an appetite for this ???
    I mentioned Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, and such due to they were the entertainers last night and personally are feel good musicians for the public. Don’t get me wrong, Dylan, Beatles, Pink Floyd, are true musicans and produce valuable music to the audience.

    Personally, I frown upon Minaj for her expression of prejudices within the Catholic church:( Completely wrong, disrespectful, and continues to divide and anger the public. If you look around you and take a survey, the majority of the people do NOT agree with her distasteful performance last night. It definitely grabbed attention in a NEGATIVE way.
    Agree with you on the statement made by Grohl from the Foo Fighters. It’s truly the talent and the creativity behind the music. Truly, MUSIC is defined by the HEART AND SOUL, added bonus is the gift from God and that is the voice!!

  • Omatop

    this has ILLUMINATI written all over it.

  • LOL

    Lmao that was awesome. The catholic church deserves to be mocked! they’re responsible for the majority of horrors in the world…..their roots are soaked in the blood of innocents! They bless wars and encourage killing “in the name of the lord”. So much righteous indignation for a religion that is as sick and twisted as what most of you branded this performance! Go nicki!!!! Go gaga!!!!


    @Yamileth: Whitney passed away this was lack of respect toward her passing and LL Cool started the evening off with a prayer,They could of done something else,Jennifer had to put something together and was devastated.

  • jjheartonedirection

    total insult to christians

  • gina

    This is terrible! It was painful to watch. This is not real music. Loved Bruce, Chris Brown was great, Lots of great performances- this was not one of them. low of the night. Do not make fun of someone’s religion. This crossed the line. Even if i closed my eyes & didnt see it- the vocals were not good. Kelly Clarkson & Jason Aldean had a mic mess up & handled in with grace & sounded good. Bruno Mars- knows how to put on a show- great. FooFighters awesome. Nicki needs to take lessons or just stop.

  • ann firmin

    where is the fcc that suppose to block this sort of senseless trash
    horrible misrepresentation of the Catholic church.her music and her conceerts shoud be banned

  • gina

    @Marr2500: Sorry bad is bad, gaga or who ever- i would not let my kids watch. Hear her on the radio with the auto-tune she sounds great, hear her live- not so good. Heard her live on another show it was bad too. she just can’t sing without the computer help.

  • http://(Donothaveone) Kathryn Heckel

    It was FREAKY but WEIRD at the same time. I loved the lyrics but the beginning was a little bit ……. Going on youtube to watch it to see if it is freaky or if it gets better but anyway I LIKED it NOT loved it.

    P.S. I loved the outfit :)

  • Greatness

    What are you guys talking about. this was the best Grammy performance ever. OMG just kidding. animals would not watch this. she is way over doing it and trying to be like lady gaga and Katy perry well the difference is that lady gaga and Katy perry have awesome cool wild performances not scary freaky are you kidding me performances. stop trying to be something/ someone your not nicki. anyways no one can understand a word you sing/ rap so whats the point of trying to impress us. i got she did that performance to distract us from he not being able to sing/rap clearly. All in all bad horrible scary freaky in a bad way performance.

  • Tatyana

    @kel: Romans always been around since before Barbie, she does a bunch a different people and Barbie hasnt gone anywhere lol. This is just for her new album, “Roman Reloaded”

  • new

    I use to be a nicki fan not after this. trashy disrespectful, i hope she knows she offended a lot of ppl including me.

  • Greatness


    agreed. i heard about it on the radio before i watched it and was like it couldnt be that bad. i was wrong. it was horrible hearing about it and watching it the first time.

  • angie

    Wow and people talk about lady gaga? Wow. This performance was horrible. This chick is a wannabe who can rap hut when it comes to a performance she sucks live. The whole theme about the exorcism was just completely off. It made no sense. Jeez if gaga or Madonna did this it would of actually caught my eye. On the other hand, she sucked.

  • Fe Fe

    Yall just Keep on playing with the enemy and those portraying those demonic spirits. That’s nothing to be mocking or played with or dancing to.

  • jo

    @Matt Valdez: agree

  • Shannon1981


    Who wouldn’t mock a child abusing religious cult like the Catholic Church?

  • Graziana Facciolo

    What the hell did I just watch?

  • frenchy

    um ok …… we miss u whitney

  • frenchy

    ummm ok………
    we miss u whitney

  • violet

    Madonna and gaga are performers. Nicki on the other hand can use a little bit of help. No offense. And stop comparing there are nothing alike.

  • lol

    frenchy u put the post up 2 times like an idoit so dont judge

  • Brooke

    Im not going to lie I like this. Sometimes u need a good laugh. I believe that real music was played in the 90s and before but really you are not going to see real music videos or performances anymore so why think that she is going to make a real performance. All the music nowadays is garbage anyway.

  • Roxy

    Tacky Tacky Tacky! Seriously people, We have lost sight of good talent when crazies like this one are allowed to perform this mess! I expected the Grammy’s to have higher standards than this. What’s really sad is that she had to go with religious imagery because nobody really understood the song because it doesn’t make any sense.

  • Flakys

    This is what i call, a bad mix of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Cindy Lauper……she is AWEFUL!

  • Adele Portfolio

    I love the performance! Nicki rocks! Love performers who think outside the box!

  • Damian

    If you find it so offensive, don’t watch it!

  • lynn

    Oh wow… that was horrible.
    Thank you for reminding me why I don’t listen to the radio.

  • chromicat

    And you all thought Lady Gaga was weird. lol.

  • CynicalSquid

    Yeah, I’m probably gonna get a low-rated comment for this, but I, oddly enough, am entertained. Probably because I’m into seriously dark and creepy things, but y’know. And offensive? I’m a proud Roman Catholic- I practice my faith regularly. And, yes, I DO have a decent taste in music- Three Days Grace, OLD Eminem, Evanesence (probably misspelled, but I haven’t been sleeping well for a long time).

  • Dracis

    I thought the Grammys was about Music… I don’t think this qualified.

  • K

    Oh my god…this is actually a hot ass mess

  • @pqpviini

    Awesome performance, If you dislike go listen Justin Bieber!