Nicki Minaj Catching Heat For Performing Exorcism During Grammy Awards [Video/Pics]


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Nicki Minaj is getting a lot of negative attention recently. Her latest video for "Stupid H*e" has nearly 30 million views on youtube but the dislike to like ratio is more than double. The clip has also been banned from BET.


Last night her performance on the Grammys did nothing to quiet her growing number of critics. She showed up at the awards in a scarlet red outfit channeling her "Roman Zolanski" alter ego. She was accompanied by a man dressed up to resembled the pope. That was mild compared to her performance of "Roman Holiday" off of her upcoming album.



The Young Money rapper's performance resembled an exorcism. It started with a confession to a priest, before a short film "The Exorcism Of Roman" was shown. In the clip a mother tells a priest she didn't know where else to turn before he is shown to Roman's room. A possessed Roman retreats to an upper corner of the room and screams his name when asked what it is by the priest before the live performance begins again.



A performance that shows Nicki strapped to a table while dancers in robes gyrate beneath her. After freeing herself from the straps Nicki descends down a flight of stairs before things really go over the top. The exorcism begins complete with levitations and fire.

Catholic League President Bill Donohue issued a statement condemning the performance and Minaj.


Minaj’s performance began on stage with a mock confessional skit. This was followed by a taped video depicting a mock exorcism. With stained glass in the background, she appeared on stage again with choir boys and monks dancing.

Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, “Come All Ye Faithful” was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating.

None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam.

The Hollywood Reporter accused the rapper of being a Lady Gaga rip off.

No Lady Gaga performance at the 2012 Grammys? Bummer. But wanna-be controversial rapper Nicki Minaj was happy do her best Gaga imitation.


First she arrived dressed in a Gaga-esque Versace red cloak-cape outfit accompanied by some strange old dude dressed like the Pope but without the necessary papal headgear and ornaments. He was more likely emulating a lower level bishop or something.

Then Nicki went on stage with that same poor guy, who seriously looked like he came from Central Casting, and began “fessing” the lyrics to her new single “Roman Holiday."

It got even more annoying when the show cut to a a pre-taped segment with the same dude doing his best Exorcist routine. (Think vintage SNL: "Your Mother Eats Kitty Litter, Your Mother Sews Socks That Smell"). All the while, Minaj applied more lipstick and sang the lyrics to “I Feel Pretty." Seriously, not making this up.

In case you fell asleep at this point, the show quickly flashed back to the Staples Center stage, adorned with enough stained glass to put Notre Dame and Chartres Cathedral to shame as Minaj was strapped to -- but eventually miraculously escaped -- some kind of of Hammer Studios Bride of Frankenstein table.

There was a lot  of pyrotechniques, popes, choir boys, stained glass and even Minaj elevating. What no speaking in tongues? Wait, maybe that was the rap lyrics. 


All of Minaj's sacrilegeous button-pushing is bound to annoy the Christian Right, the moral majority and make a few fleeting headlines. Was that the point?

Ouch! Tell us what you think of Nicki's performance in the comment section below.

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Comment by Desi Don on February 18, 2012 at 11:17pm
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Comment by bittersweet on February 18, 2012 at 5:13pm
It's blasphemy. Same as gag-me. Why this is looked up to is beyond me.
Think Lucifer is going to win? Keep thinking that may be in for a BIG sooprise!
Comment by Damon on February 17, 2012 at 8:23pm
i swear that illuminati crap is starting to really get old already, yeah she dropped the ball on this, because of her alter ego, it was a risk, that i wish she hadn't of taken. i am not very religious right now, but i could see people getting really offended by it. she is not a horrible artist, that is up to the individual listening to her, they are entitled to their opinion. to me it was a bad move. she did say, she worried about what her fans think, in an interview way before this incident happened. i hope she can redeem herself.
Comment by Pandaemonium on February 16, 2012 at 11:33pm
See this is what happens when you sign your soul over to the illuminati people. Your life, soul, mind, and body is no longer your own and you become a puppet. If this is what kids are supposed to look up to in the future things shall only continue to get worse. This isn't rap by the way this is an insult to religion, rap ain't got s*** to do with this. It's one thing to talk of violence and what not but it is something else to disrespect God and religious faiths DIRECTLY.......
Comment by B Bush on February 16, 2012 at 9:43pm
First off when you sign on to any label you have an image to uphold or any binded contract with the public your veiwers look to you for ya best what type of good is evil Ms,Minaj 50 grammys anyone who stands behind this woman is clearly promotes evil. Any really its our future its ok to tell our children to be demonic what happen to we are the world lil wayne scratch this chic off ta lable . what is it for a man or woman to gain the world but loose his or her soul . Who do the kids got to look up too....... blessed to be me dont wnt young money......
Comment by tommy gauthier on February 15, 2012 at 2:13pm
Roman will be the death of her career
Comment by SWT LOU on February 15, 2012 at 11:09am
weird a** b****
Comment by Juicy Mane on February 15, 2012 at 3:20am
Comment by Remy Armani on February 14, 2012 at 6:51pm
that b**** is f***** possessed and iwouldnt give a s*** if nobody liked her, shes wack from when she stole lil kims style , i hate the b****
Comment by DonMalik aka RANGER on February 14, 2012 at 1:46pm
She's trying to hard to get that lady gaga crowd that chit doesn't work in hip hop. Even the songs she's putting out is wack she's hanging around that clown wayne to much you see how this dude dressing now.

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