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Nicki Minaj Covers NEW YORK Magazine, Explains Controversial GRAMMY Performance

Nicki Minaj is talking about fashion--and why she's over that world.  The "Stupid H*e" rapper tells New York Magazine that she's not about fitting into the IN crowd.  And she tells Ryan Seacreast why she went the route she did last night....

In a series of candid shots with gritty special effects, Nicki poses for the Spring FASHION issue of New York magazine.  Here's highlights from her interesting perspective about the fashion world--and why she's skipping NY Fashion Week for the most part:

Are you coming back to Fashion Week this time?
I’m not impressed to be in that world. I’m in my own world. I think sometimes the fashion world isn’t even about clothes anymore; it’s about this “in” crowd, and I’m not into that. But I’m doing a Barbie fashion show. They did a Barbie for me, and that is super friggin’ amazing.

So is it safe to assume that you were always interested in fashion?
I’ve always been intrigued by color and by interesting hair. I was one of those weird little girls doing my own hair at the age of 9. I was, like, getting weird gels and new brushes and cornrow holders. I would tweak and perm at the age of 13. When I first went to get my hair colored, I was about 14 and I wanted blonde highlights. The beautician said, “No, you have to get your mother on the phone,” and I was just crying and begging. I’ve always been experimenting. Cyndi Lauper’s videos—that’s what intrigued me.

And you definitely use your looks to get noticed.
I like the idea of doing something that everyone else is not. I get high off that. Just the idea that other people don’t have the balls to do something—that’s my thing.
 

Here's the rest of her pics:

And if you're still scratching your head about her performance last night at the GRAMMY Awards--you're not the only one. 

She talked to Ryan Seacrest today on his radio show and revealed a few things:

On attending the Grammys with a Pope look-alike: “The religious figure is there because he was called on by Roman’s mom to rehabilitate him.”

On her debut performance of “Roman Holiday”: “I had this vision for him to be sort of exorcised—or actually he never gets exorcised—but people around him tell him he’s not good enough because he’s not normal, he’s not blending in with the average Joe. And so his mother is scared and the people around him are afraid because they’ve never seen anything like him. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing and he’s sure of himself and confident, but he’s never gonna change, he’s never gonna be exorcised. Even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above.”

On why she chose “Roman Holiday” for the Grammys: “The Grammys chose ‘Roman Holiday.’ The producers of the Grammys came to the studio and I played them ‘Roman Holiday,’ and I could not play them another record after they heard that. They went crazy. 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.”

Feel like we're listening to a 12-year-old during a tea party with her imaginary friends.  But if that's what works...

Here's the audio in full:

Peep Nicki's performance from last night HERE in case you missed it.

 

And Nicki's Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards promo with Will Smith. The show airs live Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

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SO, how is a artist name

SO, how is a artist name "_____ MINAJ" appropriate for a KIDS CHOICE AWARDS? Seeing as Minaj implies sex with more than one partner, her name literally means "Nikki I like 2 or more di$ks and pu$$ys at once" REALLY NICKELODEON!? Children under 18 shouldn't be even listening to her music... the CD has a EXPLICIT rating.. WTF!?.. n i Bet she will show up half naked and gyrating to super bass a song about a huge johnson! The industry is disgusting!
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It started off cool but then

It started off cool but then i was like ummmmm lol
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So i guess last year she was

So i guess last year she was impressed with the fashion show.....lmao
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THAT WAS HORRIBLE........

THAT WAS HORRIBLE........
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the performance....the

the performance....the "get-up"....the "pope"...the whole dang thing was/is WACK and i am a nicki fan but it was just not the business....she should have done that wack ass pop tune that everyone loves and made her rich and famous....HOW ABOUT THAT?
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Nicki is just trying to

Nicki is just trying to garner attention from shock value...she was upstaged by M.I.A. at the superbowl, and now she wants that spotlight by giving ppl something to talk about....and it worked!! But...seriously...she needs to sit down bc she's becoming a sad joke.
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upstaged by m.i.a? Are you

upstaged by m.i.a? Are you NUTS? m.i.a showed her ignorance!! That was not cool! Shre looked like a fool! And m.i.a is NOT worth a crap in the music game!! the sad joke is m.i.a....Niki is doing her OWN thang and getting rich in the process!! Stop hatin'!!
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I'm not hatin'...I'm

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Not really interested in

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She is so lost, no hate. Say what you want, but the fear (respect/reverence) of God is the beginning of wisdom, and she has none. She keeps saying she has to do her and what she wants to do, but when read (listen) between the lines of this interview you can hear that she was clearly star struck (fascinated) by madonna and was therefore doing what she thought was pleasing to Madonna. Madonna? Call me old fashion, lame, religious, brainwashed, or whatever, but when what has been created fascinates them more than the creator, they have sown the wind and shall reap the whirlwind. But the whirlwind which they reap does not belong to "them;" rather they belong to it... Madonna? Madonna will die just like the rest of us, but there is one who Greater than All. Why do people gamble with their eternity like that?My goodness! You don't have to believe in God to know that you DON'T know what happens to you after you die. You DON'T know!!!!, and you're a liar to claim that you do! So why o why are you so cocky, foolish, and disrespectful about that which you know not of?!!!! My goodness! Please somebody, tell me!
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I thought her performance was

I thought her performance was disturbing, confusing, and demonstrated once again that she might need to go sit down and talk with someone with some psychological expertise. "It was not Satan, it was insane and some people don't understand it because they are not mentally capable of grasping her story.." - I totally agree. I am not mentally insane, therefore I cannot understand her. Just because GaGa did it, does not make it alright. I felt the same disturbed and confused feeling when Gaga fake hung herself with blood pouring out of her eyes. I can't get with either one of these "artists". What both of them consider to be "art" is offensive and blasphemous to many others. Oh, and I've never watched "The Exorcist" and many of the other spiritually challenging movies that are released. I pick MY entertainment choices based on what I like, not what BET, MTV, the local radio stations tell me that I have to like. I wish Lauryn Hill, Rah Digga, Missy, Eve, and Jean Grae would make some new music ASAP. *sigh*
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NIKKI MINAJ NEED TO STOP

NIKKI MINAJ NEED TO STOP SMOKING DAT NINJA!! Trying to be deep and aint saying shit...
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NIKKI MInaj is garbage, she is a cartoon character...the roman act was garbage....MOST PEOPLE DIDN"T GET IT NOR LIKED IT.....she is trying to do to much to soon and she is a biter....Maybe if she would just lose the gimmicks she would have a long career....stop with the over the top outfits and KILL ROMAN DEAD...cuz if you don't Nikki, your career will be DEAD and OVER!!
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If she thinks she is

If she thinks she is possessed than who am I to argue with that. Hope she works it out.
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too all the nicki fans ITS

too all the nicki fans ITS OVER she didnt get a "Grammy" lmao and the sad part was the audience didnt even like the performance haahaha..
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Can someone please tell me how we went from at least a handful of good female rappers down to just ONE mediocore female rapper ??????????????????? Nikki actually is a good rapper but all this other gaga garbage takes away from that. As a fan of hip hop I'm starting to feel insulted they have taken our (female rapper) choices away and then had the audacity to leave us with this gimmicky biter who doesn't even want us to know how good she is lyrically! Now would gaga be wrong for calling out the style biting???? Would she go after gaga for doing so like she goes in on kim??????.....create another alter ego, a singer and make the next eight songs about gaga.....subliminally of course. smdh. She's at hot ass mess with too much money behind her.
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U r so right in it!! I am

U r so right in it!! I am over her with this latest performance, and this article!!
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This was probably the WORST

This was probably the WORST performance I've seen by an artist, hands down,PERIOD!(Yes,this tops Roseanne's Star Spangled Banner). I felt embarrased for her...Gimmicks up!
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I get the idea of not wanting

I get the idea of not wanting to blend in, but to display that by saying he REMAINED possessed???? THATS whats confusing to me.
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Bet she can't explain why

Bet she can't explain why that shit was wack though
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it seems to be a game to the

it seems to be a game to the powers that be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NM0FxuTfAI&feature=related
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Nicki Minaj has taken a cue from the Madonna and Gaga playbook and has discovered that pissing off Catholics is the easiest way to gain praise and adoration in today's fallen society. For whatever reason, people are obsessed with the pope and she just used that to her advantage. Personally I think the performance was wack and disrespectful but as long as she is not talking about Baptists, Muslims or Buddhists I could care less. I still think she sold her soul for fame and fortune just like Jay Z and I still think she is a weak ass rapper filled using her fake ass and fake tits to get by.
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''I’m not impressed to be in

''I’m not impressed to be in that world. I’m in my own world.'' BOOM !! PERIOD ! If it was madonna no one wouldve said shit. whatever man..arent we still alive ??? YES so keep it movin ! God said to forgive anyways right?? Thnak you !
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Nicki Minaj has upset an

Nicki Minaj has upset an organization that has aided and abetted pedophiles for centuries. Religious deceit at it's finest. Creed should never be off limits from parody and criticism. Jesus isnt coming back, how do i know this...Because the concept of god is man made. Religion/God doesnt establish morality, humans do. If prayer makes you feel good fine, But to say with absolute certainty; a sky god exists is fallacy and brainwashing. Virgin births , talking snakes , teaching the gullible that the planet is 6000 years old ?! Its 2012, why are people mentally still in the 1 century BC ??
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OH CHILD PLEASE, SHE WAS WACK LAST NIGHT AND SHE IS GAGGING BECAUSE EVERY BODY KNOWS HOW REALLY WACK SHE IS, TRYING TO BLAME THIS BULLSHIT ON ROMAN AND TEAM NICKI IS SO STUPID AND WILL EAT IT UP, I GUESS YALL WILL BE DRESSED UP LIKE LITTLE RED WACK BITCH NEXT, GIRL I JUST WISH SHE WOULD EVAPORATE, AND AS FAR AS THE FASHION INDUSTRY GOES, SHE IS JUST MAD CAUSE FASHION KIDS GIGGLE AT HER, THE GRAMMYS DON'T SEE IT EITHER, SHE IS SO STUPID, AND SHE NEED TO STOP TRYING TO COME FOR QUEEN KIM, CAUSE ITS NOT WORKING OKAY, ITS MAGICAL BITCH PUFF BE GONE
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Anonymous's picture

Sometimes it really isn't

Sometimes it really isn't that deep. Sometimes you have to call it what it is, a gimmick.
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It might be possible that

It might be possible that this is what becomes of those who sell their souls for a few million dollars. It seems they do not own their person and are redused to zombie status. It's possible that they allow their body's to become vacant and open to any spirit to take up residence of the body at the choosing of their master or "boss". Kanye shows no shame in discussing the numer of b1tche3s he owns. Drake says it best in his song when he states, "they sold you the dream but somebody should have told you something to save you." Sometimes it's better to just make due with less. I don't know this for a fact but it seems that way.
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It might be possible that

It might be possible that this is what becomes of those who sell their souls for a few million dollars. It seems they do not own their person and are redused to zombie status. It's possible that they allow their body's to become vacant and open to any spirit to take up residence of the body at the choosing of their master or "boss". Kanye shows no shame in discussing the numer of b1tche3s he owns. Drake says it best in his song when he states, "they sold you the dream but somebody should have told you something to save you." Sometimes it's better to just make due with less. I don't know this for a fact but it seems that way.
Anonymous's picture

No explanation necessary,

No explanation necessary, when the talent is lacking , the gimmicks are always there to fall back on. Her arrival and performance at the event can be summed up in 1 word: Regatdamndiculous!!
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hip hop & R&B is dead back in the day when when I would clean my house i loved putting on the local radio station and just jam now it's not even an option for me music is wack the ppl can just say and do any thing and become famous for acting a fool and when Adele comes and win best record and album of the yr. everyone in the industry "say they are cheating get back to music and come hard or the one song you may have ppl want go in steal it on line !
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