The 29-year-old rapper/singer was born in Trinidad and Tabago but moved to Queens, New York as a young child. She initially trained to become an actress before her music career began to take off. In 2009, she signed to rapper Lil Wayne’s label, Young Money Records, and released her debut album, Pink Friday.
Nicki is the first solo artist to have seven different songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the same time, and she has several certified platinum singles. She’s also won six BET Awards and two American Music Awards.
Before being confirmed for Idol, Nicki once said, “I’ve never imagined myself as a judge because I tend to think everyone’s amazing – like even the crazy contestants”
Nicki will reportedly earn $8 million for her first year on Idol.