No Grammy nods, no wor­ries for Nicki Mi­naj

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY STYLE -

De­spite hav­ing a big year in mu­sic, Nicki Mi­naj didn’t re­ceive any Grammy nominations. Not a prob­lem, she says. “I’ve got­ten tons of awards, and I be­lieve when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ ll get a Grammy,” she said with a laugh.

The 30-year-old had one of last year’s big­gest hits with the mul­ti­plat­inum dance-pop an­them “Star­ships.” Her sopho­more al­bum, “Pink Fri­day: Ro­man Reloaded,” has reached gold sta­tus and launched other hits on the rap and R&B charts.

But Mi­naj, who re­ceived three Grammy nominations last year, in­clud­ing best new artist and best rap al­bum for her plat­inum de­but, “Pink Fri­day,” was shut out when this year’s nominations were an­nounced.

“I think that the Gram­mys had a dif­fer­ent rea­son, that I do not want to dis­cuss . . . and that’s just be­tween me and them,” she said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “But I re­spect their or­ga­ni­za­tion and I’ ll get a Grammy even­tu­ally. I’m not wor­ried about it.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Record­ing Academy didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to an e-mail last week seek­ing com­ment.

Mi­naj was fea­tured on Lu­dacris’s ”My Chick Bad,” which was nom­i­nated for a 2011 Grammy Award, be­fore she re­leased her first al­bum.

She was crit­i­cized when she re­leased her sopho­more al­bum last April for tak­ing on a pop-and-elec­tronic sound that echoed Katy Perry, Ri­hanna and Ke$ha. “Ro­man Reloaded” is a mesh of hip-hop, dance, pop, R&B and reg­gae fla­vors, and pro­duc­ers in­cluded such ra­dio hit­mak­ers as Re­dOne and Dr. Luke.

“I un­der­stand that artists and crit­ics make a big deal over the Gram­mys. But when I go to my shows and I’m sell­ing out are­nas in Lon­don, and when I’m in Aus­tralia and Ja­pan, there aren’t any Gram­mys there,” she said. “There are hu­man be­ings who I’ve touched. There are hu­man be­ings who are in­spired by me, who I love dearly. And that’s what my ca­reer is based on.”

Mi­naj, who is a new judge on “Amer­i­can Idol” along­side Mariah Carey and Keith Ur­ban, said she would prob­a­bly be up­set if she doesn’t earn Grammy re­spect later in her ca­reer.

“You do feel good when you get awards and ac­co­lades. Maybe if I had been do­ing this for 10 years and I thought like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve put out 10 al­bums’ — maybe it would have hurt my feel­ings. But I still feel so new that it’s like, ‘Charge it to the game,’ ” she said. “It’s part of the game.”

The Gram­mys will air live on CBS from the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les on Feb. 10.

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