Nicki Minaj Explains Grammy Performance Of "Roman Holiday," Responds To Criticism
Calling her performance "creative craziness," Nicki Minaj explains her "vision" for the show before promising a more upbeat single will follow.
After debuting her new single "Roman Holiday" this weekend, Nicki Minaj discussed her Grammy performance, her next move as an artist and more. During a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, the Harajuku Barbie shared that the controversial Religion-themed performance was her "creative craziness" and promised her next single will make people dance.
While she has faced criticism for the Grammy show, the YMCMB star noted that it was her vision coming to life on stage.
“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.”
After explaining the plot, she also answered some who asked why she chose to perform "Roman Holiday." Minaj then explained that it was not her decision.
“The Grammys chose ‘Roman Holiday.’ 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. I could have chosen to do a no-brainer pop song, but I can’t do it anymore. I have to stay true to what I’m doing.”
Nevertheless, Nicki said that it is only "one facet" of her brand and then said her next single would have people dancing.
“‘Starships’ is one of my absolute, absolute favorite records on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. It just sounds like a Ryan Seacrest-type of record. And I’m so excited for you to give this song your blessing, Ryan, because I know people are gonna love it. It feels right. It just feels good. It makes people feel happy and that’s all I want. I want to start the year off with making people feel good. The [Grammy] performance was the performance, that was my creative craziness, and now it’s time to make people dance and have fun, and that’s all I want to do.”
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is scheduled to drop in early April. Earlier this morning, she debuted its latest offering "Starships."