Nicki Minaj called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this morning to discuss the meaning behind her 2012 GRAMMY performance…
On why she walked with the religious character on the red carpet: “Well, [that religious character I walked the carpet with] is a major part of the story and the movie that I’m writing about one of my alter egos; his name is Roman,” she said. “Basically, the religious figure is there because he was called on by Roman’s mom [Martha] to rehabilitate him.
On her Grammy “Red Riding Hood” outfit: “I wasn’t going to do the red carpet…but I had this amazing robe made for me by Versace sent from Milan…I was originally going to wear it during the performance, but when I got it, it was a little heavy for the performance.”
On the decision to perform “Roman Holiday”: “The Grammys chose ‘Roman Holiday.’ The producers of the Grammys came into the studio, and they heard ‘Roman Holiday’ and I could not play them another record after they heard that. 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.”
On working with Madonna for the Super Bowl: “Meeting Madonna changed my life. Madonna was the first person in history that made me change my wig. I went through four color changes on my wig for the Super Bowl. We got the platinum blonde, and she smiled. Once she smiled I thought, ‘Thank you Jesus. I can’t take it anymore!’ She was also one of the only people to get me to wear red lipstick.”
On M.I.A.’s “Digit Malfunction” at the Super Bowl: “In hindsight, Madonna knows what kind of artist M.I.A. is and it was her decision to take that risk with all of us. She [Madonna] has done some crazy things to become the icon that she is, and I think that’s why she was able to forgive M.I.A…. I couldn’t see myself doing that. Just out of respect for Madonna, because I just wouldn’t want any backlash coming back on Madonna.”
On world premiere of her newest single “Starships”:
“‘Starships” is one of my absolute favorite records on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and it just sounds like a Ryan Seacrest type of record. I’m so excited for you to give this song your blessing, Ryan, because I know people are going to love it….now it’s time to make people dance, and have fun.”