Nicki Minaj was the talk of Sundays Grammys with her grand entrance with the pope and her breath takig performance of her new single “Roman Holiday.”
Minaj called into Ryan Seacrest this morning to talk in dept about her alter ego Roman Zolanski and the controversial Grammy performance, her choice of “Roman Holiday” for the awards, Madonna changing her life and her disappointment in M.I.A.’s finger flipping at the Super Bowl.
“I wanted to create a movie. I reached out to a great friend of mine, Hype Williams, to create the movie. I just wanted him to be in this monastery and I wanted to see him in his comfort zone. It’s funny because it’s the most comfortable I’ve been on stage in my entire life,” Nicki Minaj said of her Grammy performance. “The religious figure is there because he was called on by Roman’s mom to rehabilitate him.”
The Young Money star said the Grammy chose “Roman Holiday” after hearing it in the studio.
“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.”
Nicki Minaj also revealed that she will premiere her latest single “Starships” on Seacrest’s radio show tomorrow.
“‘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 clear craziness, and now it’s time to make people dance and have fun, and that’s all I want to do.”
Minaj also opens up about Madonna’s influence on her life and M.I.A. Super Bowl stunt.
“Meeting Madonna changed my life. When you look at these amazing women, you have to realize that a lot of work goes into this. I, for the first time, refused to go to any parties. This performance was it and this is the first performance that I’m proud of in my entire career,” she said of the pop queen.
“My first feeling was disappointment, only because of my respect for Madonna. I’m a cuckoo lady too, but I would never be able to do it off the strength of Madonna,” Minaj added.
Listen full interview below.