After Nicki Minaj showed up to the Grammys dressed in a bold red cape and towing around what looked to be a patriarch of the Catholic Church, Twitter and other outlets were abuzz with her costume shenanigans. The “Super Bass” singer was also scheduled to perform at the Grammys, and during the performance she pulled out her alter ego, Roman, and some not-so-subtle shots at religious institutions. Now, she’s spoken out about what her performance at the Grammys was meant to be.
Minaj does not seem to regret choosing the song “Roman Holiday” over some of her well-known, pop-oriented pieces. On Monday, the singer spoke with Ryan Seacrest about her Grammy experience and why she made the decisions that led to a controversial performance.
“The Grammys chose ‘Roman Holiday.’ The producers of the Grammys came into the studio, and they heard ‘Roman Holiday’ and I could not play them another record after they heard that. 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.”
Choosing to do a song based around what she calls “the exorcism” of her alter-ego, Roman, is certainly ballsy. Seacrest even goes as far as to call it “groundbreaking.” Minaj, to her credit, is really rolling with the introducing Roman as a performance art theme.
"It was very literal and streamlined if you know who Roman is and if you know what he's all about; if you don't know the Roman character then you have to digest it.
She also added that she was super comfortable on the Grammy stage, which truly showed with her Roman alter ego.
"He wanted to show that not only is he amazing and he's sure of himself and confident, but he's never gonna change, he's never gonna be exorcised."
The interview also touches on Minaj’s recent experience with working with Madonna at the Super Bowl halftime show, and what she thinks about M.I.A.’s fateful gesture. Whether or not we all totally buy into Minaj’s alter ego is yet to be seen; however hearing Minaj talk about her recent experiences is totally worth a listen. Check out Seacrest’s interview, below.