Nicki Minaj

by SheKnows
Aug 22, 2011 at 11:11 a.m. ET
In 2007, Nicki Minaj released the "Playtime is Over" mixtape -- the first of four mixtapes she would release before hitting it big.

1 /15: Nicki Minaj's Influences

1/15 :Nicki Minaj's Influences

Growing up with music as her passion, Nicki Minaj lists a wide range of influences -- from Missy Elliott to Cyndi Lauper and from Jadakiss to Madonna.

2 /15: Nicky Minaj Signs with Young Money Entertainment

2/15 :Nicky Minaj Signs with Young Money Entertainment

Nicki Minaj was introduced to the masses shortly after she signed with Young Money Entertainment, Lil Wayne's record label.

3 /15: Nicki Minaj's Alter Ego

3/15 :Nicki Minaj's Alter Ego

Nicki Minaj has many alter egos, with Roman Zolanski being the most famous -- who Nicki insists is actually her twin sister.

4 /15: Nicki Minaj Best New Artist Nominee

4/15 : Nicki Minaj Best New Artist Nominee

Nicki Minaj was nominated for the Best New Artist award at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

5 /15: Nicki Minaj's Debut Album

5/15 :Nicki Minaj's Debut Album

Nicki Minaj released her debut album entitled "Pink Friday" in late 2010 and it has already sold more than 1.5 million copies.

6 /15: Nicki Minaj "Pink Friday"

6/15 :Nicki Minaj "Pink Friday"

Nicki Minaj's hit singles off of the "Pink Friday" album include "Your Love," "Right Thru Me" and "Moment 4 Life."

7 /15: Nicki Minaj at 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards

7/15 :Nicki Minaj at 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards

At the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards, Nicki Minaj won three awards including Rookie of the Year.

8 /15: Nicki Minaj Celebrates in Vegas

8/15 :Nicki Minaj Celebrates in Vegas

Nicki Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, celebrated her 26th birthday in style at Tao in Las Vegas.

9 /15: Nicki Minaj's Hair

9/15 :Nicki Minaj's Hair

Whenever you see Nicki Minaj out and about, you can never be sure what type of wild hairstyle she'll be rocking that day.

10 /15: Nicki Minaj in Times Square

10/15 : Nicki Minaj in Times Square

In April of 2011, Nicki Minaj and The Roots threw a launch concert for the Casio TRYX digital camera.

11 /15: Nicki Minaj at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards

11/15 :Nicki Minaj at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards

Nicki Minaj, whose tattoo says "God is always with you" in Chinese, wore a revealing top to the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.

12 /15: Nicki Minaj in London

12/15 :Nicki Minaj in London

Nicki Minaj, seen here signing autographs for adoring fans in London, has spent much of 2011 touring the globe.

13 /15: Nick Minaj & Drake

13/15 :Nick Minaj & Drake

Nicki Minaj and Drake, both signed to Young Money Entertainment, have produced a number of hits -- such as "Moment 4 Life."

14 /15: Nicki Minaj Wardrobe Malfunction

14/15 :Nicki Minaj Wardrobe Malfunction

While performing on "Good Morning America," Nicki Minaj had an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction when her breast slipped out of her outfit.

15 /15: Nicki Minaj & Britney Spears

15/15 :Nicki Minaj & Britney Spears

The Femme Fatale Tour, headlined by Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj, has grossed more than $6 million during the first ten shows.