Grammy Awards WTF: Nicki Minaj


You know, usually the Grammys make me feel young, because the Grammys themselves are usually SUPER old. Like, they were advertising it all over Los Angeles via a huge poster of Paul McCartney and while of course I love to dance around my living room to “She Loves You” as much as anyone else — and that is a whole lot, seriously — I don’t think Paul is exactly who you want to be plugging if you want The Kids Today to be watching your show. You use, like, Lady Gaga or whatever. But when Nicki Minaj turned up and then performed…whatever this was….I totally turned to Heather and said, “I AM OLD.” Because I could just not handle it. It was like someone decided to make a Broadway musical of The Exorcist, but with a sub-plot totally based on that Taylor Momsen song where she sleeps with a priest to have him intercede with God over a murder she committed and YES that is a real song and it’s secretly kind of catchy. Unlike this one. Sorry, Nicki — I would had gone with “Super Bass.”

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  1. Kit
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    The whole thing from her outfit to her performance was completely hell-to-the-no as Whitney would have said, and I was all judgey mcjudgerson about it too. And Honey Badger don’t care!

  2. Tara
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    NOBODY EXPECTS THE NICKY MINAJ INQUISITION!

  3. Billie
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    Did this not reek of desparation to anyone else? To me it seemed like she was just trying to one-up Lady Gaga after the whole Egg debacle last year. From the shock value on the red carpet and stage, to tying her red carpet attire to the theme of her performance, I found this kind of pathetic. Oh yea, and of course not to mention, very pearl clutching sacreligious.

    • Gina
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      When you look up ‘trying way too hard’ in the dictionary, there is a picture of Nicki Minaj.

  4. Willow
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    I’m just glad that Adele winning 6 Grammys totally eclipsed this moron’s delusions of grandeur.

    I preferred it when she showed up places looking like a craft store after a hurricane.

    • Janet
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      SO Happy about Adele too. Kesha, Nicky, Gaga take note. As long as you are talented, you can simply stand on stage in a normal outfit to perfom and people will adore you.

  5. gav
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    Nicki was awesome because she looked like she was having so much fun in her various crazy get ups. Now she just looks so bored by it.

  6. A.J.
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    What. Is. This? I can’t even.

    And I secretly love that Pretty Reckless song.

  7. Deli
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    Her performance was ear bleedingly horrible

  8. Alice
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    I didn’t know that The Vatican City had it’s own version of Project Runway. I imagine this is the winning entry for Design A Dress For The Pope’s Date challenge.

  9. SKS
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    Ugh. The egg was when Lady Gaga jumped the shark for me, so to speak. And now this with Nicki Minaj. Billboard was hilarious, though:” If you’re unconvinced of @LadyGaga’s influence in pop music right now, please see: this @NICKIMINAJ performance.”

  10. ccm800
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    the only thing she is possessed with is an inflated sense of self. her only Demon – like much of hip hop these days = ego.

  11. Thomas
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    Her hair is a semi-normal color, and I’m not living in fear of becoming acquainted with nipple one, nipple two, or lady parts, so I call this a win.

    As for all the Catholic weirdness: I can’t help but wonder what the public hue and cry would have sounded like had this been focused on Islam.

    • megs283
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      Yes, or pretty much any other religion.

      • guerra
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        Yes. She is pretty lucky us Catholics are pretty easy going, any other religion she would be receiving death threats and boycotts all over the place.

  12. Polly
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    I have got to say, her makeup in the Red Ridinghood/Pope Date outfit is actually stunning, for some reason she reminds me of how I pictured Claudia in Interview With A Vampire.

    The outfit is kind of apt too.

  13. Dazie
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    I saw this in thumbnails and thought “OMG GAGA. GO HOME.” And then it wasn’t Gaga. And I was confused.

    I’m still confused.

  14. Mahastee
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    I must be old too, this pop-tart-shocking-us-with-sexy-religious-imagery thing just makes me Y A W N. Honey, Madonna did it 25 years ago.

    And yeah, I will take the Beatles any day.

  15. Jules
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    At least she isn’t making any of her usual ‘just smelled a wicked fart’ screwed-up-face expressions, so I guess that’s sort of a win.

  16. Bizzeemama
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    I just wanted to know if that robe/frock thingy is an homage to Prince. Isn’t that his silhouette hanging slightly below her nether regions?

  17. Crystal
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    Can we please have a “Try Too Hard” fug file?

  18. tarasaurusrex
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    Oh no no no. It’s not your age. I’m 23 and I’m literally still rolling my eyes at this fuckery.

  19. Blades31
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    I have been heartened this morning by my younger co-workers who agreed with me that the performance was kind of crazy. Like Jessica, I was worried that I was just old. But I do like SuperBass and some of her other stuff… so I’m not THAT old, right?

  20. Samantha
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    There was an Exorcist the Musical–it was the biggest flop in Broadway history. And it was hella better than this shit.

  21. cwb
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    I’m ye old ladie, but I work with a bunch of young folks who keep me apprised of what’s OSM–and this, NOT. Just weird. And trying-y. Some even oldere ladie on the Today show said she thought Gaga had been upstaged by this, but um, no. Not even in the same zip. Gaga is performance art. This is Halloween.

  22. Travis Harrison Lafferty
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    To quote my Facebook update from when I first saw this; “Oh gurl… EVERY time I see Nicki Minaj, she looks like the lost Sanderson sister from Africa. And you CANNOT make that look work, hunty.”

    I think that says it all.

  23. Stefanie
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    I just flat do not get this.

    AND WHAT SONG ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! I CANT BELIEVE IT’S REAL! Oh Taylor, never change.

  24. sandra
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    Wow, that smells too much like desperation to even bother getting worked up about it. Even if there were seven religious orders who each specialized in one of the Deadly Sins, none of them would look this bad. The Church dresses a lot better than this.

  25. Gigi
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    Regarding Sir Paul, indeed the Twitter was alit with Millenials wondering “who the f$^% is Paul McCartney?”

    Everyone who is a parent is tonight required to sit down with your children and have The Conversation.

  26. Vince
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    Thanks to you, I am feverishly penning the book and lyrics for Days of Our Lives: The Musical. We open on St. Luke’s with a rousing chorus number called “Satan Comes to Salem.”

  27. meggiemoo
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    This wasn’t controversial, it was just sad. A Wal-Mart version of Madonna.

  28. that girl
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    I did feel sorry for Taylor Swift, who was seated beside Nicky and had a lap full of red riding hood for most of the show.

  29. Maria
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    Don’t feel bad, Jessica. I’m so old I skipped the Grammys entirely and went to bed with a book.

  30. yeahandalso
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    This was a HUGE misstep for her. A grammy’s performance is where an artist like her should try to expand your fan base by giving an awesome performance of one of your most popular/mainstream hits because your music is being exposed to a wider audience. Singing a terrible song and doing an alienating religious performance doesn’t work for a new artist. When Madonna did Like a Prayer or Gaga did Judas they were both already one of the best selling artists of the respective decades.

  31. vandalfan
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    She charms me, and the Pope as Wolf is clever. She has her face on her own skirt, for goodness sakes! The brown dress with leather belt is lovely, in a bosomy sort of way. I’ll take one thousand Minaj minutes over tolerating one single second of Gaga.

  32. jocelyn
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    The sad thing is that I want her to be this over the top super awesome rapper who writes and performs great songs. Mind blowingly good and the way that she was packaged up and promised to us. But, her songs are weird (so you rap then you sing the chorus?), her lyrics are dumb (I can buy Michael Kors at Marshalls), and instead of showing up to places looking weird but good, she looks fucking retarded most of the time.
    If you’re going to show up to the grammys dressed as a nun with a rhinestone medusa on the front of your dress, you have to be able to back up the crazy with something good. I think this is why Nikki is going down in flames with this one.

  33. Megan
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    I honestly thought she was paying tribute to Whitney in The Bodyguard with that cloak and hood. The rest of it was unnecessary – I read a great quote from Tom Hanks’ son Colin: “YOU CAN’T OUT GAGA LADY GAGA. Once you realize that the world will be better off for it.” Or something. She’s a good rapper, she should stick to rapping. She couldn’t have performed Super Bass she already did that on the last show, I think the AMAs.

  34. anonymoose
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    Will Little Blonde Pouty Hood leave us alone now?

  35. Bookworm
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    I was on Facebook when she took the stage and I”m surprised their server didn’t crash. My wall literally blew up – What is THAT? seems to have been the most popular reaction. (and yes, what, not who)

  36. JanetP
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    I saw her sitting in the audience and thought she looked like she was waiting at the hairdresser. Oh honey, NO!

  37. vpc
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    hm, I was waiting for the little-red-riding-hood and pedophilia jokes… maybe not on a family friendly venue such as GFY, but it’s what was going through my head!

  38. Emily
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    I tried to watch her performance, but after about 2 minutes my brain was hurting so bad that I just gave up. I’d rather just have seen more tributes to Whitney, because at least that is geared toward me.

  39. Kyasarin
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    I muted her performance, it was so weird and annoying. What was with the Dick Van Dyke accent? And all the–well, you know. Stuff. I didn’t get it. I’m sure Gaga was all, “Damn, gurl, I’m groovin’ on it!” Or, perhaps, “Bitch stole my shtick.” But I didn’t get it.

  40. Miranda
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    Honestly, it’s not that I necessarily thought it was good, but I was just glad somebody brought the weird. I hate when the Grammys get too staid and classy.

  41. guerra
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    can someone bring back adele?

  42. Sajorina
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    RIDICULOUS!!! I’m so glad I missed her performance… This is too much HELL NO! for my comfort!

  43. Eva
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    I am not catholic but I find this offensive. As someone else said, if it were targeted at any other religion, the backlash would be amazing. It’s also unnecessary and not even new: Madonna already did this 25 years ago. Tasteless and boring.

    • nicola911
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      Agree… all I could think of during the performance was at least when Madonna pissed off the church, the song didn’t suck so badly.

  44. Franziska
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    Oh yes, whatever happened to Taylor Momsen?

  45. ChaChaHeels
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    I’m with Vandalfan on this one. I think people sadly underestimate Nicki Minaj and somehow think she’s trying to be Gaga or Madonna. She’s an artist in her own right, with her own perspective–she wears attention getting clothes and she has her own persona, but so does every single other performer in the world who’s ever existed, and that’s where the similarities between her and the other two end. It’s a damn superficial comparison.

    Also: I love the Red Riding Hood outfit, and everything she’s trying to imply with the Pope As A Date.

  46. NYCGirl
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    Lord. (No pun intended.)

  47. daisy
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    I did like the brown dress in the 3rd slide.
    And yes that performance was full of WTF.