It’s hard to deny Nicki Minaj‘s impact on music, television and just about every other genre of entertainment she has touched with her cooky lyrics and flamboyant persona. 2012 has elevated Nicki’s status in the industry from a female rapper on the come up under Lil Wayne’s wing to a business woman commanding million dollar salaries for such gigs as “American Idol.” It’s been fun watching her grow into an entertainer and even more enjoyable watching her turn around! Shortly put, Nicki has (and is still having) one h*ll of a year! Today is her birthday so what better time to list her 30 greatest moments from 2012 than on the day she turned 30?!
30. Her single “Stupid Hoe” not only wowed fans but was banned from BET. It still managed to break a record on Vevo after it garnered 4.8 million views in 24 hours!
29. Nicki’s Pink Friday lipstick was so popular last year, she re-up’d her contact with Mac for her own Viva Glam rouge in a pretty new shade.
28. Nicki could be found sitting beside the legendary Anna Wintour during Fashion week. Turns out she was securing a fold in Vogue Magazine! It was always her dream to be in the publication. Kudos Nicki!
27. She signed a monstrous deal with Pepsi as the face of their POP ad campaign.
26. She and Madonna formed a very close relationship (wink wink). A photo of the ladies kissing each other on “MDNA” icon’s b-day surfaced on the net.
25. She slipped Nas some tongue in the “Right By My Side” video.
24. Samuel L. Jackson used a pink wig to channel the “Highschool” rapper in the BET Awards promo visuals.
23. She was ushered into the Grammy Awards by the Arch Bishop.
22. Her single “Starships” broke the Billboard record for spending a total of 21 consecutive weeks in the “US Top Ten.”
21. After a not-so-extensive search, she found her girl crush Blac Chyna! Then featured her in her video.
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20. She and Foxy Brown shared the same stage during her Pink Friday tour, thus infuriating Lil Kim who was not invited.
19. She revealed her real hair on Twitter, giving fans a glimpse of the natural Nicki Minaj.
18. Her video with “Cassie” served as soft porn to teenage boys.
17. She and Justin Bieber teamed up for “Beauty and a Beat” where she gave the youngster something to brag to his friends about.