Wednesday night's "American Idol" show had Nicki Minaj in an outfit that might have been just a bit too sexy for prime time. She also rubbed some the wrong way with the way she treated Mariah Carey. It was a bright red sexy dress and a sharp tongue that got Minaj in the headlines today.
Just when you thought Nicki Minaj's waters were calm enough for Mariah Carey to jump back in for a cordial swim, Nicki rears her shark's teeth at Carey. Minaj attempted an English accent and told her fellow judge, Carey, to “Simmer down sir," according to RadarOnline on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Mariah thought that Kree Harrison's "She Talks to Angels," by the Black Crows, was off the mark. This was when Nicki slammed her with the insult and she also had this to say:
“I disagree … that was the best performance of the night,” Nicki said, to which Mariah chimed in, “I wasn’t saying she was awkward … you don’t really disagree with me.”
“No, I do and I’ll explain,” Nicki said — at which point Mariah tried to say something again, and she told her, “Simmer down, sir.”
Carey looked embarrassed as she was shot right down by Minaj from getting a word in edgewise. It was later on in the program when Nicki gave her Mariah a compliment, that it looked like she might have regretted giving Mariah so much friction. It was after Candice Glover performed "When You Believe," which is a song Mariah and the late Whitney Houston collaborated on in the late 90s, that Nicki said:
“I have to say, I remember having nothing and locking myself in my room crying watching that video because I believed every word,” Nicki remembered. “That kind of collaboration has never happened since.”
Was this Minaj's way of making up to Carey? She did seem a bit humbled after her directions to "simmer down" to Mariah earlier in the show.