Nicki Minaj (real name Onika Maraj) is a 26 year old Trinidad born music artist. She lived there with her grandma until moving to Queens, New York at age 5. Minaj has been very open about the abuse she experienced as a child living with a father who abused alcohol, drugs, and attempted to kill her mother in a house fire. She's said that during these difficult times she turned to music to help her cope. Growing up Minaj once worked at a Red Lobster and graduated from the performing arts La Guardia High School.