Nicki Minaj showed up 13 minutes late to the first live show of "American Idol" on Wednesday night, claiming she was stuck in traffic.
"Which one of you gave Nicki the wrong directions today? Which one of you drained the fuel from her car?" host Ryan Seacrest joked, trying to stall and make the best of the situation.
While fellow judges Keith Urban and Randy Jackson tried their best to make light of her tardiness (for the cameras, at least … Urban jokingly sniffed her Coca Cola cup for booze), Mariah Carey did not look amused.
Maybe that's because anyone that spends time in L.A. knows you always avoid the 405 freeway! Or maybe that's because the "Super Bass" rapper has been notoriously late before.
On the three part November 2012 E! special "Nicki Minaj: My Truth" one fact stood out: punctuality is not the singer's strong suit.
After berating her stylist for what seemed like hours, Minaj delayed production after showing up late to her first day of "American Idol" auditions because she hated her wardrobe options.
The next morning the singer missed her appearance on "The View" because she didn't think it was taped live. “I did think it was a taping,” she explained on the E! special. “So we could be 50 minutes late. It’s nothing.”
Somehow, that excuse just isn't flying with Idol viewers.