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Nicki Minaj called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and talk about her Grammy performance and M.I.A.’s middle finger flub during the halftime show.
“My first feeling was disappointment just becauseâ€”only becauseâ€”of my respect for Madonna,” she said. “Even though I’m a cuckoo lady, too, but I couldn’t do it, I could never be able to do it because of the strength of Madonna.”
“There are fines that go into these things, I just thought, ‘Oh my god, I hope they don’t penalize Madonna.’ ”
“In hindsight now it’s like, you know what? Madonna knows the artist that MIA is, and, you know, it was her decision to take the risk with all of us, we’re kind of all firecrackers, and she took that risk and she’s done some crazy things in becoming the icon that she is and I think that’s why she was able to forgive M.I.A.”
“I love M.I.A. and I don’t really want to say anything that is the wrong thing, but me personally, I couldn’t see myself doing it, just because of respect for Madonna because I wouldn’t want any backlash to come back on Madonna.”
On Her Grammy performance,
First of all, The Grammys chose â€˜Roman Holiday.â€™ The producers of the Grammys came into the studio, and they heard â€˜Roman Holidayâ€™ 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 canâ€™t do it anymore. I have to stay true to what Iâ€™m doing. Seeing how comfortable I was last night, I was like, â€œOh, my Godâ€, this was the best choice because my fan base, the Roman Empire and the Barbz they understand every single thing that Iâ€™m doing because Roman was created two years ago. Roman isnâ€™t something new just coming out. Iâ€™ve been writing the story for a very long time and yesterday was his coming out party.
Laurianne [Gibson] is such a good friend of mine and she did an amazing job bringing my vision to life. It was very literal if you know who Roman is and what heâ€™s all about but if you donâ€™t know the Roman character then you have to kind of digest it.
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