Nicki Minaj says she is always surprised by her fans' admiration
This image released by Starpix shows singer and newly named 'American Idol' judge Nicki Minaj at Macy's Herald Square to launch her new fragrance, 'Pink Friday,' on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab).
Published Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:24PM EDT
Nicki Minaj is always surprised by the love her fans have for her.
The 'Starships' singer came face-to-face with 300 excited admirers at the launch of her new scent Pink Friday at Macy's Herald Square in New York City on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, and she insists it always feels like a "celebration" when she meets them.
Speaking at the event, Minaj said: "When I get to meet my fans, it's a celebration. My fans have seen me come from absolutely nothing to get here, so it's inspirational for them. When I talk to them, they're usually telling me, 'We're so proud of you, Nicki,' as if they're my parents or something. It's weird the bond that we have. Today, we're celebrating."
Minaj has just joined the judging panel of 'American Idol' alongside Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson and she intends to approach the auditions like a music fan rather than an established recording artist.
The rapper is very excited about appearing on the talent show and is looking forward to finding the next big pop star.
Minaj added to Women’s Wear Daily: "I'm going to watch it as a fan. What draws me to the show is that I feel like a lot of people who don't know me will get to know me, my real personality outside of what everyone thinks of me. I'm also going to play a part in making a new superstar. When you think of people like Carrie Underwood and Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson - all these amazing people who've come from 'American Idol' - it's a big deal. It's a credible brand. It's not like a game show."