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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 collaborated with Ariana Grande on Bang Bang (alongside Jessie J), "Get on Your Knees" and "Side to Side", a single from Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman. Nicki is good friends with Ariana.


  • Ariana and Nicki met for the first time at the Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011.[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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."[3]
  • Nicki was supposed to be featured on Problem.
  • Nicki said that she is in love with Ariana's album in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
  • 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 posted a picture of the cover for Nicki's single "Regret In Your Tears" with the caption '♡ ♡ ♡ @nickiminaj ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡'[4]
  • 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.

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Ariana Grande 2017 (18) "I never knew you could moonlight in your hands, til the night I held you"
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My Everything
August 25, 2014 • 40:31 • Republic Records
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 RidiculousThe Way It Is
Ariana GrandeA$AP FergBig SeanCashmere CatChildish GambinoIggy AzaleaJessie JNicki MinajThe WeekndZedd
The Honeymoon Tour
Dangerous Woman
May 20, 2016 • 39:31 • Republic Records
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 WaysNot Afraid Of LoveSaturday LoveShe Got Her Own
Ariana GrandeFutureLil WayneMacy GrayNicki Minaj
Dangerous Woman Tour