Nicki Minaj has signed a management deal with Irving and Jeffrey Azoff’s Full Stop Management, sources tell Variety. Earlier this year, the rapper/singer parted ways with Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant and Blueprint/ Maverick Management, who had represented her for the majority of her career.
The move is an interesting one for several reasons. Full Stop handles a wide range of artists including Travis Scott and Gwen Stefani, and it could be argued that Minaj, who is 36 and has been a widely recognized recording artist and celebrity for more than a decade, could reap the benefits of Scott’s mainstream hip-hop following, as well as the later-in-career moves that the management team has brought to Stefani, such as a Las Vegas residency and television appearances — although Minaj did serve a controversial stint on “American Idol” in 2013, where she feuded with fellow judge and diva Mariah Carey.
It is also interesting because Minaj criticized Azoff bitterly last summer in the wake of her “Queen” tour’s postponement, calling him the “c—sucker of the day” on her Beats 1 radio show and accusing him of launching a “smear campaign about my tour, and contacted people in the media to spread negative things about my tour.” The tour ultimately proceeded, with some bumps, in Europe, although the U.S. leg was rescheduled with her as the special guest on Chris Brown’s forthcoming North American tour in the late summer.
Azoff declined comment at the time, but this would not be the first time in his 50-year career that he buried the hatchet with an artist with whom he’d previously feuded.
A rep for Minaj did not immediately grant Variety‘s request for comment.
Ariana Grande closed out weekend 1 of Coachella in colossal style.
The vocal wonder thrilled the capacity crowd with a seemingly endless array of hits and welcomed a number of notable names on-stage to perform with her.
NSYNC (sans Justin Timberlake) rocked out to ‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend’ (which samples an earlier song of theirs) as well as‘Tearin Up My Heart.’
Later, Ari brought out Diddy and Mase for a rendition of ‘Mo Money, Mo Problems’ (which is sampled on an fan-favorite ‘Break Your Heart Right Back’).
One of the most (unintentionally) notable scenes came courtesy of Nicki Minaj – who joined Grande for a rendition of ‘Side To Side.’
What was meant to be a mega-moment became one for all the wrong reasons when an earpiece glitch threw Onika and the entire performance off.
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sons when an earpiece glitch threw Onika and the entire performance off.
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Nicki Minaj has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing during her sold-out show in the city.
The horrendous act of terror took place as an Ariana Grande concertin May 2017 ended and saw 23 of attendees (mostly children and their parents) taken from their families. Minaj, one of Grande’s collaborators, used a portion of her show to honour their lives.
She told the crowd:
“God bless the families of everybody who survived them, and God bless Manchester for being resilient and not bowing down to fear. For being strong no matter what. No matter what.”
The entertainer has enjoyed a successful commercial run on her Nicki Wrld Tour despite facing a number of logistical errors which forced her to pull the plug on a number of shows. U.S. dates are pending announcement.