Nicki Minaj Fires Back at Steven Tyler for ‘American Idol’ Remarks


Nicki Minaj is not one to hold her tongue. The Young Money rapper is firing back at former “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler after he slammed her and the new “Idol” judges.

“If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!” the Aerosmith frontman told MTV News. “Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with ['Idol' contestant] Phillip Phillips.”

Tyler, who was an “Idol” judge alongside Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, further criticized the new judging panel, which includes Nicki, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Jackson. “They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie.’ They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by ‘entertainment’ factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight,” he said, referring to Nicki’s infamous feud with Mariah.
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