Nicki Minaj's Delayed Album Was Inspired By Princess Diana

Prince Harry recently welcomed Meghan Markle into the royal family during the Royal Wedding last weekend, but Princess Diana's legacy still lives on. The late princess has certainly received her fair share of tributes in the past -- most recently from Kate Middleton when she showed Prince Louis to the adoring public for the first time in a signature outfit designed to match the same one Diana wore decades earlier. But those tributes might be outdone by none other than Nicki Minaj. The rapper is dedicating her delayed album to the belated princess, which will be titled Queen. Set to be released on August 10th, Queen will proudly pay tribute to "Queen Diana." Here's what Nicki Minaj wrote about her forthcoming music collection in her social media account.

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As the Instagram post notes, Nicki Minaj was inspired by Princess Diana's strength and legacy. Despite living a shortened life, Princess Diana made an incredible impact on the world around her, and she is still remembered fondly for her strides in good humanity. Queen will be Nicki Minaj's first studio album since 2014's The Pinkprint. Since then, Minaj has worked on singles with Gucci Mane, Katy Perry Migos and Cardi B. She has also already released a handful of singles to be featured on the anticipated album, including "Changed It," "No Frauds," "Regrets in Your Tears," "Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li."

Outside of music, Nicki Minaj has also been pushing her career as an actress. She recently appeared in Barbershop: The Next Cut in 2016 and she played a reoccurring character on Steven Universe. Meanwhile, Minaj has also stepped behind-the-camera as well, as she directed the music videos for "Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li," both of which came out earlier this year. Minaj is also working as a model and she recently tried to beat Kim Kardashian West at breaking the Internet with her own revealing magazine cover for Paper Magazine a few months earlier. Indeed, Nicki Minaj keeps herself busy.

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is also earning headlines for her love life, as she is reportedly dating fellow rapper Eminem. The Barbie-adoring musician was featured on YG"s newest single "Big Bank," and it was in that tune that Minaj rapped about how she "met Slim Shady," and she later claimed that "once he goes black, he'll be back again." It's possible this is simply an act, but it's getting people talking anyway.

In any case, Nicki Minaj is back, and you can look forward to hearing more from the hit-making rapper later this summer when Queen makes its royal entrance online and in stores everywhere.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.