Monday, February 13, 2012
That’s the reaction many might be having to Queens-native Nicki Minaj’s exorcism-infused performance of her new single “Roman Holiday” at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Perhaps we should’ve seen something strange coming when Minaj walked the red carpet in flowing red robes, looking like some sort of priestess.
Rapper Nicki Minaj, dressed in robes, walks with a person dressed like a bishop or pope on the red carpet of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
The performance began with the rapper in a faux-confession setting, sitting divided from a priest, who ultimately clutches his hands around his ears.
“I feel pretty, and witty, I slay,” rapped Minaj. The “priest” seems to be mouthing the word “stop” over and over again.
The performance then cut to a scene reminiscent of the classic horror flick “The Exorcist,” with Minaj cast as a person possessed.
What followed was a spectacle of robe-clad dancers, Minaj rapping while strapped to some kind restraining device.
Minaj is then shown kneeling at an altar, before a mock exorcism commences, with wires hoisting Minaj as a priest gesticulates nearby.
The Catholic League was not amused.
“Perhaps the most vulgar was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer,” said Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League.
Posted by Hollywood at 3:41 PM