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Nicki Minaj’s Unexpected No-Show at the 2024 Grammys: What’s the Buzz?

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Condolences to all the Barbz hoping to see their favorite rapper on the Grammys red carpet tonight—and were sorely disappointed.

Tonight’s 66th Grammy Awards show has forged ahead without the attendance of one of the annual ceremony’s most beloved nominees: Nicki Minaj. Despite being a nominee in two categories this year, the rapper was a no-show—which may come as no surprise, if you’re aware Minaj hasn’t attended the award ceremony in nearly 10 years.

Why Nicki Minaj Skipped the 2024 Grammys

Minaj’s last Grammys appearance was in 2015, when she had also earned nominations in two categories. The following year, the rapper earned three nominations, but ultimately ended up opting out of the ceremony altogether. At the time, she blamed her absence on issues with “timing.”

This evening, Minaj has been recognized in the categories Best Rap Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media, for “Barbie World”—her contribution to the soundtrack for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, and an apt one, considering Minaj’s career-spanning connection to the iconic doll. (The rapper has endearingly referred to her legions of ardent fans as “Barbz” for over a decade.)

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She reflected on the sentiment behind the track during a red carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight at the Barbie premiere in July 2023. “I’ve been saying Barbie my whole career, so it’s a very full-circle moment,” she said.

Minaj collaborated with Ice Spice on “Barbie World,” which samples Danish-Norwegian electropop group Aqua’s iconic 1997 single “Barbie Girl.”

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XXL Magazine on X: "Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice's “Barbie World” is nominated  for Best Song Written For Visual Media at the 2024 #GRAMMYs. 🏆  https://t.co/yEOYmS9sRz" / X

“There were a couple of songs that I didn’t love, and then there was another song—well, this ‘Barbie’ sample, I loved it,” Minaj told ET. “I just wanted it to have a dope drum, and so the one they sent me, I loved and I jumped on it right away.”


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