'American Idol' finale: Nicki Minaj on 'risque' video, performance ban
It seems Nicki Minaj's latest offering to her Barbs was just a little too inappropriate for family-friendly "American Idol."
The co-judge and rapper told reporters after Thursday's season 12 finale that she was supposed to premiere the music video for her new single "High School," featuring Lil Wayne," on the FOX singing contest series. Current and past "American Idol" judges, including Mariah Carey and former cast member Jennifer Lopez, have often promoted their music on the show.
"They said it was too risque," Minaj said. "Anyway."
The video shows the singer wearing several skimpy outfits, including swimsuits, and the song contains explicit language and sexual references. (Watch the video here - Warning: NSFW.)
Minaj was the only judge who did not perform on Thursday's finale. Carey sang a medley of her hits, while Randy Jackson accompanied her on bass. Keith Urban performed his new single "Little Bit of Everything."
"I had already committed to Billboard Awards to perform my single so I wasn't allowed to perform it on 'Idol' and perform it on Billboard," Minaj told reporters, referring to her upcoming performance at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which takes place on Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET and airs on ABC.
Minaj also said she is busy making new music and plans to work on her "official third album" this July.
Candice Glover wins - so pay up, Nicki Minaj says
Candice Glover beat Kree Harrison to win season 12 of "American Idol." Minaj joked to reporters: "I predicted that she would win, so someone owes me money."
(Check out Candice Glover's 7 best backstage quotes.)
"And so I'm happy that America got it right and did this based on true talent," she added. "To be completely honest, I think all five of our girls, the top five, I think they all are gonna have big careers if they want it. But Candice deserved to win."