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Nicki Minaj performance slammed by Catholic League

Nicky Minaj at the Grammy Awards

Nicki Minaj and her religiously themed Grammy Awards performance didn't have many converts among the Catholic League on Monday: The organization slammed the singer-rapper for what it called an attack from the entertainment industry.

After arriving with a red carpet plus-one dressed like the pope, Minaj on Sunday unveiled her alter-ego character Roman Zolanski onstage in an extravagant production of the song "Roman Holiday."

The performance, backed by stained-glass windows, started in a mock confessional and later moved through various interpretations of demonic possession — think gyrations, crotch-grabbing, flames — before ending with the "Super Bass" singer's character levitating triumphantly over a vanquished priest and two altar boys.

"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," Catholic League President Bill Donohue noted in a statement on the group's website.

"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."

He closed with contact information for those wishing to lodge a complaint with the folks behind the Grammy Awards.

Minaj, meanwhile, reveled in the support of her Twitter fans Monday and offered a possible dismissal of her critics: "Were they offended by 'the devil inside'??? Shut-up & watch the movie ... !"

(On a loftier note, shortly after Whitney Houston's death hit the news Saturday, she'd tweeted, "Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.")

Whose side are you on?

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— Christie D'Zurilla
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Photo: Nicki Minaj performs at the 54th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.


Nicki Minaj tunes in Tokyo with her MTV VMAs ensemble

Nicky Minaj dress channels Harajuku, Tokyo street style

Nicky Minaj didn't disappoint with the dress -- and the whole lot more -- that she wore to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

"Tokyo inspires this outfit," the winner for hip-hop video said backstage Sunday. "You know, Harajuku is something I have been absorbing for a very long time."

(Harajuku is, of course, Tokyo street style, in case anyone was wondering if the term was Japanese for "Dr. Seuss.")

Watch the video to see who's responsible for various facets of the ensemble and also to hear about Roman, who Minaj says is "the boy who lives inside of me, he's a lunatic and he's gay," and he's going to be big on her next album.

 

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Photos: Nicky Minaj arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Credits: Christopher Polk / Getty Images, left; Matt Sayles / Associated Press, center; Chris Pizzello / Associated Press, right.

 


Nicki Minaj nipple slip goes live on 'Good Morning America'

Nicki Minaj has a nipple slip on GMA

Nicki Minaj, a singer known almost equally for her music and her wardrobe, joined the infamous wardrobe malfunction club in Central Park on Friday, with "Good Morning America" cameras broadcasting it live to East Coast viewers.

Talk about a wake-up call -- and a good long one at that, as Minaj overflowed the top of her tight and tiny cropped tank-top, and undergarment, while she was rocking out. Despite having a five-second delay in place, ABC accidentally aired some semi-naked Nicki on the East Coast.

When the surprised singer noticed too much skin showing, she pulled her shirt up and continued her set. The network, in a statement, later apologized for "certain fleeting images" that were edited out of the performance in other time zones. Those would be the ones that usually get cheated out of "certain fleeting images." Not fair!

Minaj performed on GMA as part of the show's summer concert series.

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Photos: Nicki Minaj surprises herself and others while performing on "Good Morning America" on Friday. Credits: Charles Sykes / Associated Press 


Nicki Minaj, Ricky Martin named new faces of Viva Glam

Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin join Viva Glam campaign.

Get ready to take a powder, Lady Gaga: Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin are the ones glamming up this time around for the annual Viva Glam campaign.

MAC's long-running charity initiative to benefit its AIDS fund has always tapped visible celeb faces to promote the cause. Martin and Minaj will replace 2010's famous faces Gaga and Cyndi Lauper.

By the company's count, Martin is only the third male to be invited into the fold, joining Elton John and Boy George. That said, we'd like to note that way back in the day, RuPaul was the original face of Viva Glam.

Sales of the limited-edition Viva Glam lip shades have raised $218,000,000 over the years for MAC's AIDS fund, established in 1994. The new campaign was being shot Monday in Miami by photographer David LaChapelle, said New York magazine.

How do you think Nicki and Ricky will stack up against previous Glam spokesfolk, including Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliot, Fergie and, of course, RuPaul?

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Photos: Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin. Credits: Associated Press, left; European Pressphoto Agency, right.


Ryan Seacrest assembles Lady Gaga, Coldplay, John Mayer and more for online concert

RyanseacrestOne would likely need Ryan Seacrest's Rolodex to assemble a roster of superstars for a two-day, online streaming music festival -- so it's probably best that the host has taken it upon himself to do just that.

Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Sting, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Nicki Minaj, John Mayer and the Black Eyed Peas are among those set to perform at the Las Vegas music festival Seacrest is spearheading with iHeartRadio.

Seacrest has also invited Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Kenny Chesneyand David Guetta for the digital to-do, set for Sept. 23-24 at the MGM Grand.

Lopez, from Seacrest's "American Idol" family, showed up on the "Today" show Monday to join in announcing the event, with talk turning to another announcement folks are waiting to hear from her: whether she'll as a judge on the Fox singing competition.

"I have no announcement to make as of this moment, but I promise ... you'll be the first to know," she teased.

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Photo: Ryan Seacrest is putting together a music festival featuring some of his most famous pals. Credit: Steve Shaw / 42 West

 


Nicki Minaj mourns killing of cousin Nicholas Telemaque

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj hit Twitter to mourn the death of Nicholas Telemaque, her "precious cousin" who was shot and left to die after he'd left a Brooklyn nightclub in the early hours of Monday.

"Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite," the pop singer, 28, told her followers on Monday. "My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic. Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY."

In her tweets, Minaj also included links to two pictures of Telemaque.

Telemaque had just left the C-PAC nightclub and was walking to his car about 2:40 a.m. when, police said, he was shot multiple times in his torso, the New York Daily News reported. He died later at Kings County Hospital, where he was transported from scene of the shooting, only blocks away from his home.

Minaj opened for Britney Spears on Monday night with a 45-minute set in Winnipeg, Canada.

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Photo: Nicki Minaj arrives at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 26. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

 


Britney Spears performs with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj at Billboard Music Awards [Video]

 
Britney Spears
made quite the splash at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, popping up twice for sexy performances with fellow artists Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

Britney and Rihanna sex it up on the Billboard Music Awards For the remix of Rihanna's bondage hit "S&M," Spears emerged in a Bettie Page-esque bunny mask and enjoyed a dual pole-dancing routine with her redheaded counterpart (above).

Later on in the telecast, which counted many a trophy for RiRi, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Taylor Swift, Spears gave fans a taste of her upcoming national tour by joining her opening act, Nicki Minaj.

Minaj performed her single "Superbass," transitioning into a rousing, wig-heavy rendition of Spears' second single "Till The World Ends" from her new record "Femme Fatale."

What did you think of Britney's Billboard cameos? Tell us in comments. 

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Photo: Britney Spears and Rihanna may be bad, but were perfectly good at it at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images  

 


Nicki Minaj performance lures Jennifer Hudson, David Arquette

Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Hudson Nicki Minaj has loyal fans, even when it comes to fellow famous folks including Jennifer Hudson, Olivia Munn, David Arquette and Ron Artest, to name a few who turned out to see the rapper perform in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

At Milk Studios in Hollywood, a blue carpet was rolled out at the Samsung Infuse launch for gadget fans and the Minaj-obsessed. The petite Minaj  arrived for her 20-minute set around 10 p.m. with racks and racks of costumes and a new blond bob.

Mark Salling, Kelly Rowland and Arielle Winter of "Modern Family" were present and accounted for, as Hudson and her husband David Otunga spent time waiting in the wings for two minutes with Nicki.

Minaj performed hits "Roman's Revenge," "Super Bass" and "Moment 4 Life" as well as some of her more popular featured gigs, on records like Trey Songz's "Bottoms Up."

Almost as popular as Nicki's set was an interactive room dedicated entirely to Angry Birds, offering access to exclusive levels of the popular game.

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Photo: Nicki Minaj, left, and Jennifer Hudson at Samsung's Infuse 4G launch. Credit: WireImage


'21st Century Girl' Willow Smith wins new-artist NAACP Image Award [Music video]

 

Kimberly Elise and Tyler Perry at the NAACP Image Awards Willow Smith is the kind of chick who knocks you off your feet, or so she says in her "21st Century Girl" music video that dropped Friday. And it's hard to argue with that logic.

On a night when Tyler Perry ruled the roost, the kid won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding new artist (beating Nicky Minaj and Bruno Mars, among others), is set to star in a remake of "Annie" and has a recording career clicking along, all at the tender age of 10.

She was in the company Friday night of fellow winners Usher, Mary J. Blige and John Legend and the Roots, to name a few, though Alicia Keys' "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" beat Willow's "Whip My Hair" for outstanding video.

Some more 2011 Image Award film winners of note: Halle Berry won for her "Frankie & Alice" performance, and the movie won for indie film. Denzel Washington was recognized for his turn in "The Book of Eli" -- besting Willow's brother Jaden Smith, who'd been nominated for "The Karate Kid."

Perry's "For Colored Girls" was named best film, and Perry also won the Chairman's Award in honor of his journey from difficult beginnings to a spot on Hollywood's A-list.

In the television group, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" won for outstanding comedy series, with comedy lead-acting honors going to Vanessa Williams for "Desperate Housewives" and David Mann for "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."

Click for more photos of arrivals at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.

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Photo: Kimberly Elise and Tyler Perry on the red carpet before the 42nd NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Friday. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters



NBA All-Star Game weekend: Kobe Bryant teams with Kanye West; Tony Parker enjoys the single life

 

NBA All-Star Game weekend definitely proves that pro basketball's best can party as well as Hollywood's finest -- and alongside them, as a matter of fact.

Los Angeles was crawling with sports stars and their celeb fans through NBA All-Star Weekend, and a few qualified as genuine crossovers: Take Kobe Bryant, who showed off his acting chops Friday at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

NBA All-Star Game Weekend Tony Parker Alongside fellow athletes and stars such as Kanye West, Bryant unveiled "The Black Mamba," a short film produced by Nike that dramatizes his on-court alter ego of the same name.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez ("Machete"), the short, above, costars West, Danny Trejo and Bruce Willis. After the premiere screening atop the hotel at club Drai's, West gave a surprise performance for the lucky crowd, which included Leonardo DiCaprio.

His set raged for seven songs before being cut off because of sound ordinances, but was thoroughly enjoyed by couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, as well as a reunited, maybe-back-on Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.

That same evening, Hennessy Black hosted hip-hop and R&B's finest for an All-Stars pre-party. Chris Brown turned up with a mystery girl, looking sweet on his date until the DJ started playing Brown's biggest hits. At that point he kissed the lady on the cheek and headed to the stage for a 30-minute impromptu dance party.

Eva Longoria's ex Tony Parker seemed to be enjoying the single life, flirting heavily with a female bartender, according to partygoers. 

On Saturday, Nicki Minaj showed up at the IMP Entertainment and Steve Marlton Worldwide Allstar Event, where she cozied up to close pal and rapper Drake.

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Photo: Tony Parker gives his single-guy grin at the Hennessy Black All-Star bash. Credit: Kristian Darling 


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