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That’s what Nicki Minaj does, she elevates a record. If you’re going to have a rapper on a song, they need to really really really be there for a reason, and she does that every single time.

– Grande on Minaj via The FADER.[1]

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Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and model. Minaj and Ariana Grande have collaborated on a total of six songs, the last being "Bad To You" from the soundtrack to Charlie's Angels. Minaj is good friends with Grande.

Friendship Edit

  • Minaj and Grande met for the first time at the Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011.[2]
  • Grande covered Minaj's song "I Get Crazy" on a livestream in 2012.
  • During the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Minaj participated in the opening performance, performing her song "Anaconda" as well as "Bang Bang" with Grande and Jessie J.
  • They performed "Bang Bang" again at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.[3]
  • When a fan asked about her relationship with Grande, Minaj said that she sees her as her "lil' sis".
  • On March 14, 2015, Minaj posted a picture on Instagram and the caption was the lyrics to Grande's song "Intro."[4]
  • In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Nicki said that she is in love with Grande's album, My Everything (2014).
  • Grande said in an interview that she "started freaking out" when she found out that Minaj would be on "Bang Bang".
  • Grande said that she loves working with Minaj because she is a strong woman in an interview with Jojo Wright.
  • Minaj tweeted saying she is never disappointed with her collaborations with Grande.
  • Grande tweeted that she was counting down the days until she got to see Minaj again.
  • When Grande rapped Minaj's verse in "Side To Side" on The Tonight Show, Minaj tweeted her approval.
  • Grande and Minaj performed "Side To Side" together on November 20, 2016, at the American Music Awards where Minaj also performed "Do You Mind" with DJ Khaled; They had previously performed the song on August 28, 2016 at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Grande posted a picture of the cover for Minaj's single "Regret In Your Tears" with the caption '♡ ♡ ♡ @nickiminaj ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡'[5]
  • When paparazzi asked Minaj to comment on the events in Manchester, she said "Ariana is my sister, I love her, and I love the people of the UK, and I'm devastated by the news; it's heartbreaking".
  • On April 12, 2018, Grande posted a Instagram story listening to Minaj's song "Chun-Li" and wrote "Missed Ya Sis".
  • On May 12, 2018, Grande tweeted "i love my big sis @nickiminaj so fuckin much" and "remember when u called me at 5am and said get ur ass up n come to the stu btch and i propelled myself out the door at the speed of light wearing slippers that later got soaked in rain and we had the best morning of my life i do" confirming that they were in the studio together.
  • On May 12, 2018, Grande posted a boomerang of her in the studio with Minaj.[6]
  • On May 27, 2018, Grande posted a 21-second snippet of "The Light Is Coming", the pair's most recent collaboration.
  • On June 9, 2018, Grande and Minaj posted a video on Twitter of both saying "eat my ass".[7]
  • Minaj mentions Grande and her song "Thank U, Next" on her 2019 freestyle "Bust Down Barbiana" with the lyric "Killin' everybody beat, thank u, next, Ariana".[8]
  • On April 14, 2019, while Grande headlined Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival weekend 1, Minaj was one of the guest performers, they performed "Side To Side" and "Bang Bang".

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My Everything
August 25, 2014 • 40:31 • Republic Records
Released Bang BangBe My BabyBest MistakeBreak FreeBreak Your Heart Right BackCadillac SongHands On MeIntroJust A Little Bit Of Your HeartLove Me HarderMy EverythingOne Last TimeOnly 1ProblemToo CloseWhy TryYou Don't Know Me
Unreleased Not Afraid Of LoveRidiculousThe Way It Is
Ariana GrandeA$AP FergBig SeanCashmere CatChildish GambinoIggy AzaleaJessie JNicki MinajThe WeekndZedd
The Honeymoon Tour
Dangerous Woman
May 20, 2016 • 39:31 • Republic Records
Released Bad DecisionsBe AlrightDangerous WomanEverydayFocusGreedyI Don't CareInto YouJason's Song (Gave It Away)Knew Better / Forever BoyLeave Me LonelyLet Me Love YouMoonlightSide To SideSometimesStep On UpThinking Bout YouTouch It
Unreleased Ain't About What You GotBaby LovesGot Her OwnIt Ain't RightI've Heard It Both WaysKnew Better Part TwoLeave Me Lonely (Reprise)
Ariana GrandeFutureLil WayneMacy GrayNicki Minaj
Dangerous Woman Tour
August 17, 2018 • 47:25 • Republic Records
Released Better OffBlazedBorderlineBreathinEverytimeGet Well SoonGod Is A WomanGoodnight N GoNo Tears Left To CryPete DavidsonRaindrops (An Angel Cried)R.E.MSuccessfulSweetenerThe Light Is Coming
Unreleased My WayGot Her OwnSoberYou
Ariana GrandeMissy ElliottNicki MinajPharrell Williams
Sweetener World TourThe Sweetener Sessions
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