Nicki Minaj topped the charts last year with her hit “Starships” and sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, so it came as a surprise when she was shut out of this year’s Grammy nominations. But while her fans may be disappointed, the “American Idol” judge isn’t losing sleep over it.
“I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy,” she told The Associated Press.
The Young Money rapper had one of 2012’s biggest hits with her RedOne-produced single “Starships,” while Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded went gold and even spawned a re-release.
Although she received three nominations at last year’s show including Best New Artist, she was noticeably absent from this year’s list of nominees. Nicki believes she knows the reason why.
“I think that the Grammys had a different reason, that I do not want to discuss … and that’s just between me and them,” said Nicki, who performed at last year’s show. “But I respect their organization and I’ll get a Grammy eventually. I’m not worried about it.”
There are more important things to her than awards. “I understand that artists and critics make a big deal over the Grammys. But when I go to my shows and I’m selling out arenas in London, and when I’m in Australia and Japan, there aren’t any Grammys there,” she explained. “There are human beings who I’ve touched. There are human beings who are inspired by me, who I love dearly. And that’s what my career is based on.”
While she isn’t upset about the snub, her manager Cortez Bryant called out the Recording Academy. “Congrats to @LilTunechi and @Drake and @Hit_Boy on their Grammy Noms butttt they was on some bullshit for not nominating @NICKIMINAJ,” he tweeted.
It’s unknown if Nicki plans to attend the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which air live on February 10 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.