Nicki Minaj, who dropped her new single “Starships” today, has caught a lot of criticism for her, um, “performance” during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. As you might have guessed, the Catholic League wasn’t really feeling her use of the Catholic church’s imagery while everyone else was just mostly wondering what the fuck they had just witnessed.
And now, two days later, Minaj herself has come forward to respond to the critics and explain her “vision” behind the performance:
“I had this vision for [the Roman character] to be sort of exorcised—or actually he never gets exorcised—but people around him tell him he’s not good enough because he’s not normal, he’s not blending in with the average Joe. And so his mother is scared and the people around him are afraid because they’ve never seen anything like him. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing and he’s sure of himself and confident, but he’s never gonna change, he’s never gonna be exorcised. Even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above.”
Uh, OK…. Then, the Young Money rapper made it clear that it was the Grammys directors’ decision to go with “Roman Holiday” for her performance. According to Minaj, “The producers of the Grammys came to the studio and I played them ‘Roman Holiday,’ and I could not play them another record after they heard that. They went crazy.” She then said that she couldn’t just do a fluffy pop song, which is probably why she didn’t perform “Starships.” [HHDX]