Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey Chat with Fans at ‘Idol’ Screening

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Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey were back on the job, attending a live Q&A during the season premiere screening of “American Idol” at Royce Hall at UCLA on Wednesday. Both ladies looked lovely as they fielded questions from their fans alongside fellow judges Keith Urban and Randy Jackson, and host Ryan Seacrest.

Mariah was battling a bit of bronchitis, but she happily took questions from her Lambs. “It’s ‘American Idol.’ It changed trends in music, it’s created massive superstars,” said MC of her decision to do the show. “I just had two babies, Roc and Roe, and I thought it would be a good thing for me to have something that was a little more stable than constantly working.”

Nicki consulted with those close to her including her Young Money boss before making her decision. “The last person I asked was Lil Wayne and he said absolutely do it,” explained Nicki. “That was my last thing where I found peace with it.”

Later that night, Nicki found out that she won the award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist at the People’s Choice Awards. “Thanks Barbz!!!!!! My 1st People’s Choice Award. Yaaayyyyy!!!!!! How exciting… :) Nice of them to think of me. XOXO!!!!!!” she tweeted.

Watch the full Q&A below.

Photo credit: Getty Images



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44 Comments

  1. LOLatHaters

    That wig is trash and why is MC so bloated these days?

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    Luxury Reply:

    @LOLatHaters, lol @ haters

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  2. My name is oo

    Boobs boobs boobs boobs lotta boooobs ;)

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  3. Howcouldanyonehatequeennicki

    Eww Mariah is fat nicki is gorg I love nicki. F*** the contestants I will be watchin for the queen

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    LOL Reply:

    @Howcouldanyonehatequeennicki, LMAO.. mariah carey rushed off the stage to cut her penguin dress so she can breathe lol

    here for keith urban! nicki is nice to stay after… and looks beautiful

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  4. MC

    Nicki Minaj doesn’t even make hip-hop music anymore, how does she win best Hip-Hop artist

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    Lanai Reply:

    @MC, EXACTLY!!! Not hating on Nicki because she’s actually milking the cow for all its worth but her music is NOT hip hop.

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    Dro Reply:

    @MC, Agreed. There is a definite difference between Rap & Hip-Hop. Nicki definitely falls in the former category. In the mainstream sense:

    Meek Mills, Rick Ross, Nicki, Lil Wayne, Drake,(Rap)

    Joey Bada$$, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, (Hip-Hop)

    In some cases the lines blur but Nicki is definitely not Hip-Hop. Not at the current moment. Influenced by Hip-Hop? Definitely! Hip-Hop? NO!

    Nothing wrong with that

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  5. AAA

    Oh wow Nicki lookkkks sooo GOOd!!

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  6. eddie

    MC looks better the her and shes 42

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    opd2 Reply:

    @eddie,stop lying i now you hate nicki but come on now.

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  7. melody15

    I have five things to say about this video.

    1. Notice when Mariah talk someone in the crowd yell “Nicki” and when Nicki talk someone yell “Mariah” LoL!

    2.I only watch American Idol when they are doing auditions because those parts be the funniest!

    3.I love Nicki Minaj but I don’t think she should of been a judge only because she don’t have that many years in the industry like the others do regardless of how successful she is.

    4. I believe people are gonna watch this because of Mariah and Nicki.

    5. Y’all gotta agree with me on this one but Simon Cowell will always be the BEST judge on the show.

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    TMOE Reply:

    @melody15, Im curious to why you all are saying Nicki wont be a good judge when NONE of yall have seen her judge besides in some 30 second commercials? It’s annoying because you all judge Nicki before you’ve even seen anything.

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  8. infamous

    Nicki is not looking good…

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  9. @taimiicel

    Omg nicki you did so good I love you

    #tmuk

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  10. @taimiicel

    i love nick see how she spent that extra minute with fans

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  11. Diego

    Mariah didn’t even acknowledge her ass it’s like nicki was invisible lmao

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    Sonya Reply:

    @Diego, Because Nicki is a MAJOR b*tch. Its known in the industry. Cant deny Nicki’s success however its totally obvious how success has changed Nicki’s attitude and disposition. Nicki felt she was just as LARGE as Mariah and wanted Mariah to acknowledge her as a big star too.

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    channelOrange Reply:

    @Diego, Nobody acknowledge Mariah… You are now watching The Nicki Minaj Show

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    Gyary Reply:

    @Diego, Mariah has no time to deal w/ maniacs.

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    channelOrange Reply:

    @Gyary, Mariah is a known alcoholic tho…

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  12. sharquality

    Loving the sane clothes Nicki been wearing lately

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  13. Realistically

    Dang. Can we get a picture of Keith Urban, though?

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  14. nicko

    Nicki looks AMAZING !! SHE is the STAR of the show Besides shes so BRILLIANT!!

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  15. THEDON

    Nicki may be a wack artist to but she looks beautiful in this pic

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  16. Ralph

    She looks sexy!

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  17. Michelle M.

    Nicki looks beautiful.
    I’m loving her nice smooth skin tone.

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  18. channelOrange

    That first boy was drunk

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  19. ChRisJ

    Anybody Else Notice That Big Rock On Nicki’s Ring Finger?

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  20. QUEEN MINAJ

    AT LEAST NICKI LOVES HER FANS AND SHE WENT TO SAY HI.
    MARIAH LEFT THEM HANGING LMAOO

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  21. channelOrange

    American Idol is actually The Nicki Minaj show. I’m soo happy for her. She’s soo inspirational.

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  22. True

    Really Nicki? The music don’t matter? Just the fact that you have to entertain…smh….thats all she is, and not a good one….she should not be judging. Clearly from her answer music comes last & entertainment comes first! Mariah said it best, looking for someone unique…something Nicki can never be ahahahahaha. P.S. Ryan Seacrest is so blah to me.

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    channelOrange Reply:

    @True, What she said was very true actually.

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    TMOE Reply:

    @channelOrange, Again, HOW DO YALL KNOW NICKI WONT BE A GOOD JUDGE? You dont. And the thing is that the Nicki on stage is different than the business Nicki. And there was nothing wrong with Nicki said, because in this day in age you cant go on tour just with a mic and sing. It doesn’t work like that anymore.

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    channelOrange Reply:

    @TMOE, b*tc# I said what Nicki was true

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    channelOrange Reply:

    @channelOrange, said*

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  23. MMmHmm

    THAT KEN BARB QUEEN IN THE BEGINNING o_O WTF! AND THE FACT THAT THE HOST CALLED HIM A GIRL LMAO! DEATH! HE COULDNT EVEN WORK A SIMPLE MICROPHONE! PLEASE STAY IN OR GO BACK TO SCHOOL IF YOU’RE READING THIS!

    AND THE 2ND KEN BARB WHO SAID ONKIA TAUGHT HIM TO “FORGET THE HATERS” LMAO! HOW DID SHE DO THAT WHEN SHE RESPONDS TO THEM VIA TWITTER ALL THE TIME! THESE DELUSIONAL BARBS NEED TO SIT!

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    TMOE Reply:

    @MMmHmm, What’s hilarious is that Nicki has responded to Mariah/ Barbara, Steven and some other irrelevant bitches and that’s about it. Nicki gets the MOST hate in this industry and she doesn’t respond to majority of it, so your point is what exactly?

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  24. Enni

    I don’t get how you Nicki fans say she is the star of the show but Mariah got paid 18 Million dollars and Nicki got 12? Btw Mariah Carey gave birth to twins, she looks good for a mother if twins trust me. Mariah will always be better than Nicki, even Nicki agrees that she is one of the best singers of all time so I believe Nicki understands this, you nicki fans should understand you.

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  25. Eyio Bassett

    Who let Blac Chyna on Fox?

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  26. Bizunes Prounld Foboze Changed 2013

    there is gonna be Question after questions this freaking damn show on the later R&B Singer Aaliyah Diana haughton Brithday

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  27. Patroni0

    nicki look so fine!

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  28. Hayden

    Despite everything that went on during the taping of the show, these ladies handled themselves very well! I didn’t like that fact that Mariah Carey reverted back to herself when answering the questions. Understood that these judges have busy lifestyles, but Nicki Minaj gets the utmost respect for staying and acknowledging her fans. Overall looks like an amazing season.

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  29. hayley

    nicki your my idol plz help me become famous and will u be my friend

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