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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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These no-talented rap people

These no-talented rap people are not R & B they are nothing. The best R & B singers came from gospel but this hip/hop/rap mess comes from the gutter. This woman like 99% of these rappers have no talent. They can't sing or dance pr play an instrument they can't go shyte but try to shock people but that stuff is old now, Gaga made it old already. We have to get back to our real artists like they were before: The Motown talents, the Areatha's, Etta's, Tina Turner and all the rest. These people have no idea of what they're doing.
Anonymous's picture

Nicki Minaj is the most

Nicki Minaj is the most interesting thing In rap since 1993. Wtf is the problem?? There are no other female artists She can do what she wants. Also remember she is an artist but Madonna and prince did similar themes with sex mixed with religious symbols and they are respected. Nothing new here tho j though the performance was horrible and her vocals were garbled and unintelligible
Anonymous's picture

She is untalented. She can't

She is untalented. She can't sing or dance, and she looks like a s treetwalker.
Anonymous's picture

Jay-Z, Biggie, Lil Kim, Kanye

Jay-Z, Biggie, Lil Kim, Kanye West, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill and a ton of others all release their debut albums after 93. She's not more interesting than any of them.
Anonymous's picture

BUT WHEN THEY DID IT IT WAS

BUT WHEN THEY DID IT IT WAS NOT WACK SHE IS WACK HON, HEAR ME, YOU CAN'T MAKE A WACK BITCH UNWACK, AND I AM SOOOOOO SURE YOU ARE WACK TOOOO
Anonymous's picture

Nicki Minaj is the most

Nicki Minaj is the most interesting thing In rap since 1993. Wtf is the problem?? There are no other female artists She can do what she wants. Also remember she is an artist but Madonna and prince did similar themes with sex mixed with religious symbols and they are respected. Nothing new here tho j though the performance was horrible and her vocals were garbled and unintelligible
Anonymous's picture

Nicki Minaj is the most

Nicki Minaj is the most interesting thing In rap since 1993. Wtf is the problem?? There are no other female artists She can do what she wants. Also remember she is an artist but Madonna and prince did similar themes with sex mixed with religious symbols and they are respected. Nothing new here tho j though the performance was horrible and her vocals were garbled and unintelligible
Anonymous's picture

Nicki Minaj is the most

Nicki Minaj is the most interesting thing In rap since 1993. Wtf is the problem?? There are no other female artists She can do what she wants. Also remember she is an artist but Madonna and prince did similar themes with sex mixed with religious symbols and they are respected. Nothing new here tho j though the performance was horrible and her vocals were garbled and unintelligible
Anonymous's picture

I did not like Nicki's

I did not like Nicki's performance. I was not moved at all. All that talk about being different and creative is good theory. When it comes to performing Nicki should be concerned with giving the fans what we want to see. Dont start making music nobody wants to hear from somebody no one wants to see. just ask Prince how the works.
Daniel from the 'D''s picture

This is why RNB is dead it

This is why RNB is dead it refuse to change. RNB was hot when music was more heard than seen. the internet change the game. now it more about seeing than heard. things move fast. in today's entertainment world. to keep people interest you have to do some thing interesting . When it comes to music no one is interested in normal people . Nicki went to a performing arts school. normal people don't go to school like that . we need to stop using religion to judge people. if it was up to religion the world would still stuck in the dark ages because religion don't allow people to think out the box. religion is about control and if you refuse to be control some how you're evil. its amazing how we let a book written by a bunch of men living is mud hut with less than a grade six education control our lives.
Anonymous's picture

"if it was up to religion the

"if it was up to religion the world would still stuck in the dark ages because religion don't allow people to think out the box." How so true! Which is why if you believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible nothing God did was of the norm. Why do you think Pharisees & Sadducees council persecuted Jesus? Because he would not conform to their "religious" ways. Why do you think Paul had to shut down the whole circumse v. uncircumcised v. Jew v.Gentile " debate to not conform to religious ways. God sees us in such a greater and better light. From the beginning to the end, nothing God/Jesus/Holy Spirit did was (and even today, is) in the box. Religious folks is usually what ends up running people away from the church, regardless of the denomination.
Anonymous's picture

People believe in Jesus

People believe in Jesus simply because this Nicea Council voted what that Jesus was to be honored on the same scale as God. I really don't know if people realize that they literally praise Jesus based on the fact that a club of white men voted on it. Please read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea. I doubt many will read it proving once again that if you want to hide something from black folk put it in a book.
Anonymous's picture

I am glad she is BEING

I am glad she is BEING HERSELF! I hate "cliques"! Circles/Cliques are soooo CHIDDISH!
Why?'s picture

the point is, she is NOT

the point is, she is NOT being herself...she is being Lady GAGA
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Freshfab's picture

Why do people have to justify

Why do people have to justify everything a celebrity does with the fact that they make money? Any idiot can make money. Being rich doesn't justify your actions. I know rich prostitutes.
Anonymous's picture

lmao! so trueeee

lmao! so trueeee
Anonymous's picture

I all for performance art.

I all for performance art. But sometimes I think "Artist" "try" to be to "artistic" for their own good. If you have to spend 10 hours to explain the concept behind a performance that took less then 10 mins....then it's too much. Kanye did the same thing with his long form video for Runaway (to better results). That was hot garbage Nikki did last night. PERIOD. It did not gain her any new fans and I'm sure cost her label a ton of money. While, a chubby chick from Britian with HALF the shock value, HALF the production value, walked away with ALL the accolades and ALL the Grammys. Great job, Nik.
Anonymous's picture

Preeeeaaachhh! lol Luvin

Preeeeaaachhh! lol Luvin Adele-some people thought that Adele should not have won all of our awards but you knw what...Adele is all about her voice-no gimmicks, no pyros, no silicone ass, no girating on stage and no sexy clothing...just pure fkn' talent.
prettygirl's picture

I'm sorry, but Nicki looked a

I'm sorry, but Nicki looked a Red Riding Hood mess at the Grammys! She looks like she's trying WAY too hard. I wish she'd dress normal and maybe people will take her more seriously. smh
Happy Lady's picture

Damn who ever wrote this

Damn who ever wrote this basically just showed how much Nicki's success has gotten under your skin. That was a perfectly great explaination for the visuals of Roman Holiday and you brush it off with that comment about a tea party. people what her to be "Normal" but her "Normal" is your weird so what so be it, we all have strange things we do that seem perfectly fine to us. Bitter as bitches witll stay pressed thats why the black community still struggles because most choose to let ignorance consume their mind instead of looking at the deeper picture.. You smart idiots couldnt decipher her lyric perfomance or anything
My time now's picture

Try again! Nicki is W.A.C.K.

Try again! Nicki is W.A.C.K. Ummkay. It ain't that deep. It's simple. She's trying to take a page out of Gaga, Madonna, Marilyn Mason, and other so-called controversial folks, roll it into one, and it failed miserably. Someone needs to pass Nicki the memo that blacks don't do this kind of BS in our artistry. We can't relate to devil worshipping and other crazy stuff white folks do. Someon needs to reel her back in.
Anonymous's picture

If this is what you refer to

If this is what you refer to as success and people hating because they see Nicki Minaj disrespecting their religion and reacted to it, than you're are the one displaying your ignorance by what you wrote. Is one thing for her to be an Entertainer but when you start making mockery of people religion then you've crossed the line. Because some of us black folks don't sell our sell our selves for riches so now we are bitter? Only a non beliver in Jesus Christ can watch something like that and don't see it as mocking God. We need to think before voice our opinions instead of writing and displaying ignorance. As a Christian, I find what she did very disrespectful.
response 's picture

Respectfully, please DO NOT

Respectfully, please DO NOT bring the struggles of the Black Community into this argument. Our problems are to intricate pre-date Nikki and that terrible performance. No ones bitter or upset. But WE do and SHOULD expect a higher standard from our artist. Nikki and the like are standing on the shoulders of giants and was givien the unique opprotunity to stand amoung them and squandered it, totally. This isn't about hate or disrespect or even intelligence for that matter. It's about an artist giving a totally lackluster perfomance. No more, no less. And it doesn't make anyone less "deep" or "progressive minded" NOT to accept that bullshit.
Anonymous's picture

And there you have it ladies

And there you have it ladies and gentlemen....
Anonymous's picture

I like Nicki and I understand

I like Nicki and I understand being creative and letting your art speak and have a unique message, but her performance was all over the place! It was hard to appreciate it because it was hard to follow...dammit it was hard to focus, lol! It was a MESS!
Anonymous's picture

I wouldn't really have a

I wouldn't really have a problem with her performance, if she had some sort of connection to catholicism. At least when Gaga and Madonna did it, they have a connection to it because they were raised catholic. If she's not actually catholic, she's being blasphemous for no reason.
Bbop212's picture

I think it's possible that

I think it's possible that she doesn't own herself. I feel pity for her. I really hope that she isn't still being physically abused.
Anonymous's picture

Nicki's performance last

Nicki's performance last night was a poor production made up of different lady gaga impersonations. even the whole arrival being a part of the performance thing.
Anonymous's picture

Y'all are fuckin NUTS. If u

Y'all are fuckin NUTS. If u wanna call that bullshit creative last night then be my guest. But I will call a spade a damn spade. That shit was very demonic and it just wasn't right AT ALL. It was evil, scary and just plain disturbing. There is no explaining that mess. The music industry is fucked. If u think that was artistic....I will pray for u.
litebrite's picture

Her new name is Nicki "what

Her new name is Nicki "what would gaga do" Minaj
Anonymous's picture

This COVER is MAJOR! Nicki

This COVER is MAJOR! Nicki better WORK! I love it! I have no issues with Nicki. I just did not "love" her Grammy performance. It was a little too much. Religious swipes are so over done. She should just follow her own cues and she will be FINE! Pink Friday was a CLASSIC CD. I love her music. The visuals not so much....
FuriouS StyleS™®'s picture

Nicki you are losing your

Nicki you are losing your appeal Mook...your perfromance was reaching and so are you on this interview
Kee's picture

I'm muslim, and I thought the

I'm muslim, and I thought the outfit and arrangement was in poor taste...but whatever...
Ahem....'s picture

Whatever it takes to 'get'

Whatever it takes to 'get' Nicki Manaj...I'm glad I don't have it.
Anonymous's picture

THIS! That is all.

THIS! That is all.
Anonymous's picture

Wow....so everyone is

Wow....so everyone is freaking out about what Nicki did at the Grammy's as if the exorcist hasn't been part of our culture for years. Hmmmmmm....Hypocrits aren't we? The Exorcist is still considered one of the top grossing movies of it's time and there are always movies coming out with exorcist theme but Nikki does it and everyone goes berserk and want to sprinkle holy water on her. I something think the hate black folks have for each other needs to be exorcised. I'm sure if Lady Gaga did it no one would seriously make much out of it.
tellmeaboutit's picture

Please don't generalize your

Please don't generalize your comment. I for one do not support movies that disrespect my religion. Do your research before you write because when Lady Gaga did it she did hear from the Christian community. Do I hate Nicki Minaj? NO. Do I think she made a mockery of Catholics let a lone Christianity as a religion? Yes.
response 's picture

Besides the fact that this

Besides the fact that this fake religious mess is played out (Madonna and Gaga have already done it, and Davinci Code is circa 2006) it just doesn't make sense. I'm not offended by the theme and visuals in the least, but I am confused. This concept was executed worse than a low budget highschool musical. Okay for trying to be different and artistic but it takes a skilled artist to actually have other people appreciate the stylized art they are presenting. She is not going about it the right way if she is trying to present a conceptual album or consistent artistic direction. The fact that she has played 43 characters in the past 2 years doesn't help her cause. If you want a taste of a real artist presenting something different AND tasteful, check out the Janelle Monae album, Andre 3000 and even Kanye. How are we supposed to believe this grand artistic vision she got when her first single is called Stupid Ho* on which she's not saying much of anything? GTFOH!!!!
speakonit's picture

I just hope she hasn't been

I just hope she hasn't been "owned" a put into a position where she has to portray an image or speak on a message that isn't necessarily in her best interest. I can only say that I hope she finds herself again. I mean that sincerely.
Anonymous's picture

I LOVED HER PERFORMANCE, I Am

I LOVED HER PERFORMANCE, I Am A CHRISTIAN, BUT I PERSONALLY THINK THAT IT IS ART!!! SHE STEPPED OUT OF THE BOX AND WE ARE ALL TALKIN ABOUT IT!!! TEAM NIKKI ALL DAY!!!!
TRUESHANDA's picture

Riiight. So your not apart of

Riiight. So your not apart of the "in" crowd? Roman's revenge was the Grammy's choice? Seems right. Another mergence with an occultic artist and (now) openly occultic award show have. In light of everything that happened this weekend; it just smells like a big occultic sacrifice to me. Its just a little while longer before this chick gets exposed for who she really is! There's alot of oblivious people, but were not all blind! Atleast, I know i'm not.
Anonymous's picture

Co-Sign!

Co-Sign!
Anonymous's picture

everything in this world is

everything in this world is cyclical - fashion, trends, entertainment, names, words, phrases...we use them, they go out of style and they come back 20 years later. Madonna did it with "like a prayer" and it had the same effect. nicki/roman did it last night..same thing. not saying i approve (i thought it was the lowest point of the night of a very weak Grammy show) but Someone has to get up and be shocking. and her rationale sounds very much like a 12 yr old explaining why she drew on the wall with crayons...poor thing.
pgrip's picture

Let's be clear here people

Let's be clear here people don't change your mind just because she explained something it was still very demonic and disturbing and most of all this Roman character is not a real person it lives in her head & his mother (whom also must live in his/her head and the other people that want him exorcised must live in his/her head too) what kind of ish is this???
anoymous's picture

I'm not a fan of Nicki's, and

I'm not a fan of Nicki's, and I didn't get it; but I'm not going to knock people stepping outside the box. Maybe because of how we're all in our feelings about Whitney, it just didn't seem appropriate for last night. But to me, that production should be reserved for her tour. It seemed like it would never end; and on a big stage like the Grammy's, I'm thinking that's not exactly what you want to project to people who may not be fans of yours.
Anonymous's picture

I completely agree.

I completely agree.
Anonymous's picture

Illuminati!

Illuminati!
Anonymous's picture

She just loves attention that

She just loves attention that was so wrong last nite on soooooooooo many levels
Anonymouskitt's picture

She just loves attention that

She just loves attention that was so wrong last nite on soooooooooo many levels
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