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. She has collaborated with Ariana Grande on "Bang Bang" (alongside Jessie J), "Get On Your Knees", "Side to Side", the third single from Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman, "The Light Is Coming", a track from Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener, and "Bed", the second single from Minaj's fourth studio album, Queen. Nicki is good friends with Ariana.
Ariana and Nicki both performed "Side To Side" together on November 20, 2016, at the American Music Awards where Nicki also performed "Do You Mind" with DJ Khaled; They also performed the song on August 28, 2016- at the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards.
Ariana posted a picture of the cover for Nicki's single "Regret In Your Tears" with the caption '♡ ♡ ♡ @nickiminaj ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡'
Ariana and Nicki call each other sisters.
When paparazzi asked Nicki 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". She has also been very clear that she will not let hate win and will be returning to Manchester in 2018.
On April 12, 2018 Ariana posted a Instagram story listening to "Chun-Li" by Nicki Minaj and wrote "Missed Ya Sis".
On May 12, 2018 Ariana 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, Ariana posted a boomerang of her in the studio with Nicki.
On May 27, 2018, Ariana posted a 21-second snippet of "The Light Is Coming", the pair's most recent collaboration.
On June 9, 2018, Ariana and Nicki posted a video on Twitter of both saying "eat my ass".
Nicki mentions Ariana and her song "Thank U, Next" on her 2019 freestyle "Bust Down Barbiana" with the lyric: "Killin' everybody beat, thank u, next, Ariana".