If you tuned into Sunday night’s broadcast of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, you were treated to an expectedly eerie performance of “Roman’s Holiday” from femcee, Nicki Minaj. Debuted on the heralded stage, ‘Holiday’ was delivered with a sea of dancing monks, temple decor, confessionals and exorcism-induced levitation. Minaj makes sense of the performance’s direction on KIIS FM’s On Air With Ryan Seacrest…
“I had this vision for Roman for him to be sort of exorcised,” she explained. ”People around him tell him he’s not good enough because he’s not normal and he’s not blending in with the Average Joe. The people around him are afraid because they’ve never seen anything like him. He wanted to show that not only is he amazing . . . but he’s never going to change. He’s never going to be exorcised,” Minaj said. “Even when they throw the holy water on him, he still rises above.”
Regardless of Minaj’s intent, the nation’s Catholic League is furious by the Academy’s decision to approve of such antics… President Bill Donohue says in a press release…
“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. It’s bad enough that Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-a-vis a hostile administration in Washington without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry,” Donohue fired. “The net effect, however, will only embolden Catholics, as well as their friends in other faith communities.”
What did Minaj think of her performance?
“It’s the most comfortable I’ve ever been onstage in my entire life,” she said.
Bonus: Nicki Minaj covers New York magazine’s Spring Fashion issue
With the Superbowl, AMAs, and Grammys under her belt, in addition to an upcoming performance at the NBA All-Star halftime, it’s safe to say that Minaj is in it for the long haul. What I find most disturbing is what she chooses to convey while her limelight is still powered.
[via US/Photo Credit: Billboard]