She might not have won any awards on Sunday, February 12, 2012, but new age hip-hop artiste Nicki Minaj sure did get a lot of attention at the 54th Grammy Awards where she delivered a rather provocative performance.
Minaj came dressed to the Grammy’s in a large Versace designed red robe with a man dressed like the Pope. As if that wasn’t enough – levitated, spoke in tongues and acted possessed with the man on stage.
That’s not all; during the performance a short video clip was played on the screens for the audience at the Staples Centre, LA and viewers back home to watch – The clip was a re-enactment of the 1971 ‘demonic possession and exorcism’ movie The Exorcist.
The problem is, she seems to have bitten more than she can chew as the Catholic League have fired out at her asking if she might be possessed.
The Catholic league is not just unhappy with Minaj but also the Recording Academy, organizers of the awards.
‘Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam.’ Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in the press release titled Is Nicki Minaj Possessed?
‘It’s bad enough that Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-a-vis a hostile administration in Washington without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry. The net effect, however, will only embolden Catholics, as well as their friends in other faith communities’, Donohue continued.
Minaj is not new to controversies; and her new video ‘Stupid Hoe’ was only recently banned by BET because of its ‘explicit contents’.