Nicki Minaj Dismisses Grammy Performance Criticism

posted Thursday February 16 ,2012 at 07:31AM CST | 68 comments

Nicki Minaj Dismisses Grammy Performance Criticism

Nicki Minaj says that it was like writing a movie to conceptualize the performance.

After Nicki Minaj gave an exorcism-inspired rendition of "Roman Holiday" at the 2012 Grammy Awards, the Young Money rapstress faced a maelstrom of criticism for the religious images and quality of performance. Now that the dust has settled, Nicki spoke to the Associated Press last night about the performance, brushing aside the controversy during an appearance last night for Viva Glam MAC cosmetics.

"I don't know what is the big issue?" she said.

The Harajuku Barbie likened the performance, which included levitation, confession and dancing priests, to that of a movie. She said that it's just a piece of the story she's writing, and that fans can expect similarly controversial motifs in the future.

"You know how people write plays and movies? That's what I did," she continued. "I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what was to come. And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?"

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