Hip-hop artist whose 2010 debut album, Pink Friday, went 4x platinum and had seven singles reach the Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time. Her follow up album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was released in 2012.
She played the clarinet in middle school, and worked as a waitress at Red Lobster after her acting career failed to take off. She was fired from Red Lobster for being rude to customers and went on to work as an office manager on Wall Street.
She became a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol alongside Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and American Idol veteran Randy Jackson. In 2012, she provided the voice for the character Steffie in the film Ice Age: Continental Drift and in 2014, she played a supporting role in the romantic comedy The Other Woman.
She has three brothers named Micaiah, Brandon and Jelani and a sister named Ming. Her mother Carol has worked as a gospel singer and her father Robert has worked for American Express. Her longtime relationship with producer Safaree Samuels ended in 2014. She then dated rappers Meek Mill and Nas.
She collaborated with Britney Spears on the song "Till The World Ends."