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That’s what Nicki Minaj does, she elevates a record. If you’re going to have a rapper on a song, they need to really really really be there for a reason, and she does that every single time

– Grande on Minaj via The FADER.[1]

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Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and model. She has collaborated with Ariana Grande on "Bang Bang" (alongside Jessie J), "Get On Your Knees", "Side to Side", the third single from Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman, "The Light Is Coming", a track from Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener, and "Bed", the second single from Minaj's fourth studio album, Queen. Nicki is good friends with Ariana.

Friendship Edit

  • Ariana and Nicki met for the first time at the Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011.[2]
  • During the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, she participated in the opening performance, performing her song "Anaconda" as well as "Bang Bang".
  • They performed "Bang Bang" again at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.[3]
  • When a fan asked about her relationship with Ariana, Nicki said that she see's her as her "lil sis"
  • On March 14, 2015, Nicki posted a picture on Instagram and the caption was the lyrics to Ariana's song "Intro."[4]
  • Nicki was supposed to be featured on Problem.
  • In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Nicki said that she is in love with Grande's album, My Everything (2014).
  • Ariana said in an interview that she 'started freaking out' when she found out Nicki would be featured on "Bang Bang".
  • Ariana said that she loves working with Nicki because she is a strong woman in an interview with Jojo Wright.
  • Nicki tweeted saying she is never disappointed with her collaborations with Ariana.
  • Ariana tweeted that she was counting down the days until she got to see Nicki again.
  • When Ariana rapped Nicki's verse in Side To Side on The Tonight Show, Nicki tweeted her approval.
  • Ariana and Nicki both performed "Side To Side" together on November 20, 2016, at the American Music Awards where Nicki also performed "Do You Mind" with DJ Khaled; They also performed the song on August 28, 2016- at the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards.
  • Ariana posted a picture of the cover for Nicki's single "Regret In Your Tears" with the caption '♡ ♡ ♡ @nickiminaj ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡'[5]
  • Ariana and Nicki call each other sisters.
  • When paparazzi asked Nicki to comment on the events in Manchester, she said "Ariana is my sister, I love her, and I love the people of the UK, and I'm devastated by the news; it's heartbreaking". She has also been very clear that she will not let hate win and will be returning to Manchester in 2018.
  • On April 12, 2018 Ariana posted a Instagram story listening to "Chun-Li" by Nicki Minaj and wrote "Missed Ya Sis".
  • On May 12, 2018 Ariana tweeted "i love my big sis @nickiminaj so fuckin much" and "remember when u called me at 5am and said get ur ass up n come to the stu btch and i propelled myself out the door at the speed of light wearing slippers that later got soaked in rain and we had the best morning of my life i do" confirming that they were in the studio together.
  • On May 12, 2018, Ariana posted a boomerang of her in the studio with Nicki.[6]
  • On May 27, 2018, Ariana posted a 21-second snippet of "The Light Is Coming", the pair's most recent collaboration.
  • On June 9, 2018, Ariana and Nicki posted a video on Twitter of both saying "eat my ass".[7]

Collaborations Edit

Gallery Edit

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References Edit

My Everything
August 25, 2014 • 40:31 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Bang BangBe My BabyBest MistakeBreak FreeBreak Your Heart Right BackCadillac SongHands On MeIntroJust a Little Bit of Your HeartLove Me HarderMy EverythingOne Last TimeOnly 1ProblemToo CloseWhy TryYou Don't Know Me
Unreleased Not Afraid Of LoveRidiculousThe Way It Is
Artists
Ariana GrandeA$AP FergBig SeanCashmere CatChildish GambinoIggy AzaleaJessie JNicki MinajThe WeekndZedd
Tour
The Honeymoon Tour
Dangerous Woman
May 20, 2016 • 39:31 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Bad DecisionsBe AlrightDangerous WomanEverydayFocusGreedyI Don't CareInto YouJason's Song (Gave It Away)Knew Better / Forever BoyLeave Me LonelyLet Me Love YouMoonlightSide To SideSometimesStep On UpThinking Bout YouTouch It
Unreleased Ain't About What You GotIntroIt Ain't RightI've Heard It Both WaysShe Got Her Own
Artists
Ariana GrandeFutureLil WayneMacy GrayNicki Minaj
Tour
Dangerous Woman Tour
Sweetener
August 17, 2018 • 47:25 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Better OffBlazedBorderlineBreathinEverytimeGet Well SoonGod Is A WomanGoodnight N GoNo Tears Left To CryPete DavidsonRaindrops (An Angel Cried)R.E.MSuccessfulSweetenerThe Light Is Coming
Unreleased My WayShe Got Her OwnSoberYou
Artists
Ariana GrandeMissy ElliottNicki MinajPharrell Williams
Tour
The Sweetener Sessions