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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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  • barbmonster17

    I absolutely loved this performance and found it quite entertaining!

  • No.

    All of you accusing Nicki of blaspheming need to go back to the 1600s.

    Read carefully:
    Roman Zolanski is a fictional, made-up character from and this is all theatrics.
    Are you capable of differentiating between reality and fiction?

    Oh, and by the way, Lady Gaga didn’t create the universe and neither did Madonna. It’s becoming impossible for artists to do anything unusual or risky now because ignoramuses love to belittle them by accusing them of either copying, or trying to upstage Gaga. Gaga is a wonderful, talented musician and a dedicated performer, not a universal standard of comparison.

  • shaunie


    mr. rogers neighborhood

  • Krys

    I liked her song Super Bass but WTF did I just watch?! I am all for being original but this was not original how many exorcist movies are there? Way too many in my opinion. Where has the talent gone in our music these days? That is why I listen to rock they actually play the instruments not just computerized?! Give me some A Day to Remember, Asking Alexandria or In Fear and Faith then maybe I will watch these fake awards shows!!!!

  • julian

    And what’s really great about this performance is how child-friendly the whole thing was! Exorcism, demonic ritual, hell-flames, sacrificial rites, it even had obscene gestures with lipstick! What’s not to love? Whitney would have been so proud. Pardon me, but I have to go puke again.

  • julian

    And what’s really great about this performance is how child-friendly the whole thing was! Exorcism, satanic rituals, hell-flames, sacrificial rites, it even had obscene gestures with lipstick! What’s not to love? Whitney would have been so proud. Pardon me, but I have to go puke again.

  • Me

    Sooo NONE of you never watched The Exorcist??? Thats all this PERFORMANCE was based off of….. a damn movie!!! I mean REALLY…. yall look too much into sh**…..Thats the song the Grammys producers asked her to perform and that movie theme fit it….it’s Enter-damn-tainment…..GTF over it people!!!!!

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  • morrigan

    I can’t say I absolutely hated this video because I don’t. I agree with an above statement about Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi performance at the VMAs 2 years ago. It got terrible reviews worse than this one. I mean people found it morbid, disgusting, disrespectful and yet it is still talked about. In the end bad publicity is better than no publicity. She is still getting paid every time people bad mouth her performance. Yes it was messy and could have been done better and not to offend you catholics but you guys are so guilt ridden even if someone breaths wrong with a crucifix within a mile radius it’s sacrilege and offensive. I mean come on give it a rest Mary is not weeping right now.

  • Great

    This performance was AMAZING !
    Good acting + catchy song …
    The singing itself could be better but Wow this is art ! And I totally get the message : nicki is trying to get rid of her schizophrenia and exorcise Roman … This is coherent since she pretended since the begining of her music career that she had alter egos … Pure talent .


    She’s a witch, or a demon or something.

  • Megan

    This isn’t music at all. It’s bull shit.

  • Geoff

    Holy smokes that was awful. I just wasted minutes of my life I will never get back. Music and lyrics eee-yuck. That was not appealing visually to the eyes or the ears. Time to wash my eyes with the hand mixer and clean my ears with a hot poker.

  • heatherS

    I just can’t BELIEVE anyone, anywhere, under any form of medication or not, actually LIKES this garbage!! This is not a talented singer, not a talented song writer, not even a good rapper….I can’t figure out exactly what she is good for, except as poster girl for what sucks about music and the music industry today. Sad that true talent, like Ms. Houston, was wasted, and taken too soon. More sad that we are left with S— like Minaj.

  • heatherS

    @Me: It’s not a matter of originality, it just simply sucks.

  • Anameiguess

    Too good a stage for such a bad performance .__.”

  • Emily

    Nicki def has talent and originality when it comes to rapping. She wouldn’t be at the grammys if a large chunk of the public didn’t agree. I even thought this performance looked creative, and she pushed the envelope, took a risk with the religious theme. However, she is not British so “Roman Holiday” sounded really strange coming from her Trinidad/Queens language background. The new song featured slow, repetitive rapping and melodies, which was boring. I kept waiting for her to speed it up and throw in something more catchy….bottom line, I think this song, musically speaking, was a wreck. The complexity behind the performance was interesting/creative and would’ve been more appealing had better musicality been paired with it. I’m disappointed with this and other of her performances, but this let down didn’t change my mind about the nature of her rapping abilities.

  • Jessie

    I honestly didn’t think it was that bad………. thats just my opinion

  • xavier

    Yah but Nicki’s performance was meant to continue the story of Roman Zolanski’s character if you didn’t know about all of Nicki’s alter egos then you won’t understand the performance

  • Roxy Clayton

    I’m sick of everyone bitching at this performance. For one if Eminem or Jay-z came out with shit like this, no one would care. It’s because she’s a female rapper, doing something different. Y’all need to calm down, least she has the balls to do something like this, as a woman. The performance is called ‘The Exorcism of Roman’, and if haven’t caught on that the performance would be similar to that of an Exorcism, you need to get out and educate yourself. And also, last time i checked, she’s doing hella better than you. I can’t stand people that judge and criticize to this extent.

  • AlesiaMichelle

    The title of this performance should be Desperation…

  • Hayley

    I liked it…….you really have to be a Nicki supporter to get it though……….no need to hate on her..she jus wants to try something different and unique? Why is that so bad to everyone????????? Hmmmm…

  • Anonymous

    While I’m not a fan of the music, I must say the performance as a whole was fairly creative.

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  • MatthewPerry

    The worst performance in Grammy history, I cannot believed they approved mocking the Catholic Church!!

  • Treywuzgud

    Matt and who ever talked about the characters where right. Before you click the dislike button hear me out. First it may have gone overboard but if you knew the character you would understand why. In theory she gave her TRUE fans what they wanted by showing them roman. I’m sorry but most of you probably never herd of her goggled it and just commented. For you nicki followers who gave her a bad review …slap it. This is something i expected her to do. If you want to her from a real person follow me on twitter @nike_runit
    Stay Gucci

  • Jordan

    I’m done. I’m done. I made it to 4:16 and couldn’t take anymore. I’m don’t call females out they name, but BABY…………I’m done. I’ll holla! BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kush

    yoo dats dead ass wrong for Roman to do sum shit like dat man. she going to hell when she die. no more respect for Nicki.

    (got damn devil.)

  • Kaila

    i completely agree! I was raised in a Catholic home and I thought it was a huge mockery of the Catholic religion. Why is she not admitted to the psychiatric hospital? She’s gotten to the point of blatantly announcing her multiple personality DISORDER!

  • MHX

    @A: What doesn’t piss of the crappy catholic church anyway. They should all burn.

  • CatholicsPissMeOff


  • MusikMixer

    @Matt Valdez: I actually really enjoyed that performance also

  • Nickii rockss

    ummmm welll atleast her shit was creative! alsoo yall wow lamee..nickii do yah thingg!

  • yoda

    Pfffstt!!! I jut farted!!!!

  • GummyWorm


  • izzy

    i really dont see why ever onye is mad no one was praying to her in this preformance it might now be the best song ever but come on why are all the christions upset?

  • Miahvee

    LOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!! I laughed the whole time that I could barely pay attention. Funniest shxt I seen in a while!!!!! Whewwww!!! I’m tickled. This bxtch is COMPLETELY crazy. Thank you for that Nicki.

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  • shadee

    ok did i miss something what the f*** was that.

  • Julia

    wtf is up with romans? and if you watch the little house video, they call her ‘him’…………… ?

  • YouWho

    I think its another kind of tribute to Whitney

  •!/MatraSou Matra

    Highly entertaining, but..really? To add Religion into this? I think this is going a little bit too far Nicki, Roman, whichever.

  • sarah24

    I actually quite liked this performance!! Ok it was weird and something that u would expect to come from Lady Gaga but it wasnt as bad as i thought it was going to be after reading all these comments. In one of the above posts it states something about it being wrong because of the ‘pope’ dancing, and alter boys being touched up by women (or something to that extent) but so what? That stuff goes on in churches (and has done for years) not by women but by the popes and the priests and whoever else on the inside! But ppl seem to keep their mouths closed about that because they dont want to offend the church? yet soooo quick to slam an artist for a performance which ISN’T real!

  • JoanMcBitch

    The problem is not the fact that this performance includes an exorcism-like ritual. The problem is the song itself is not good. I would have enjoyed this just fine had the music been more (or at LEAST) as entertaining as the choreography.

  • Jesus Serino

    She is trying way too ard to be an individual, I really liked her but she is done. I guess it was good in a theatrical way but way wrong for the grammies.

  • jay

    That was tight!!! Its only art, regardless of what people think she is just an entertainer. That was a great performance in my opinion, many other artists do way more “offensive” shit than that, I will always support Nicki Minaj because she is creative and funny, this is just another one of her alter-ego’s that she is displaying, if she came out in high heels and booty shorts that would be normal??? cmon, its just art people …lighten up, the girl is brave for attempting such a show. If Lady Gaga did it…would it be a issue…NO, so stop with all of the hate.

  • nicholas

    this was amazing finally the illuminate is taking back control. :)

  • chino

    why why why……. that was awful

  • Rogers

    @Yamileth: its funny that you find this offensive because seriously it had nothing to do with any particular religion. its called self expression!!!!! but please let us say nothing about all the young boys who come forward each year who have been molested by catholic priests! please Catholics and really most religious people are hypocrites!

  • Reallity check

    Okay so here’s the deal you can all complain and hate as much as you want but we all know you are just jealous and childish I mean really can you not find something better to do with your time than complain about someone who is BETTER and more popular then you!!! I mean really grow up alredy she’s famous and your not also if you hate her so much don’t watch her videos in the first place your just giving her more publicity anyway. She is talentd wether you like it or not move on with your lives.
    with all do respect to you morons :)