Later in the show, Adele casually walked on stage and sang. No set designs. No theatrics. She sang her A$$ off. She was the talk of the show and she walked home with the big Grammy prize. There was a clear distinction between talent and gimmicks. And on a national stage like that, the difference is embarrassing for the First Lady of Young Money.
"How much of her success is talent and how much is her Barbie'd, blinking, synthetically-built gimmick?"
First, she thought it'd be a good idea to make her first single a diss record aimed at the floundering and largely irrelevant Lil' Kim. It's odd that Minaj is still entertaining this feud. It's like Jay-Z making his first single a diss aimed at Jaz-O or Mic Geronimo. The decision to aim at Kim is made even more bizarre by the fact that Minaj addressed the Queen Bee on her last album and seemingly put that battle to rest.
"The Young Money brain trust is scrambling to revitalize her previous critical acclaim."
As if beating the dead horse of a Lil' Kim feud wasn't enough, Minaj named the song “Stupid Hoe” guaranteeing that it won't be an enjoyable or viable option for the radio. The video, by the increasingly horrid Hype Williams, is far from entertaining. In fact, the clip is reminiscent of her Grammy performance, utilizing a synthetic “weird” factor to cover up a sub-par song and poorly executed treatment. Nicki Minaj's album is supposed to be released on April 3rd. I highly doubt, with her current lack of momentum, that she'll make that release date and that the Young Money brain trust is scrambling to revitalize her previous critical acclaim. On second thought; maybe they aren't changing anything. Lil Wayne managed to go platinum after an onslaught of crappy singles and an insomnia-curing mixtape. Drake also tore up the charts without a hit single. Maybe Young Money has found the secret to invincible superstars. Maybe Nicki won't change a thing. And Pink Friday: Roman's Revenge will be an unbearable critical failure…that will go platinum and cement her as an unstoppable rap juggernaut. Lucky us. MORE ON HIP-HOP WIRED! • The Top 10 Hip-Hop Sneakers Of All-Time • Who Is James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond? • Jeremy Lin's Nike Sneakers [Photos] • 10 Rappers That Can Inspire Scott Storch To Get Off The Yayo • Lil Wayne Rocks Million Dollar Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones To NBA All-Star Game [Photos] • Bangin Candy: Claudia Sampedro (Rick Ross's "High Definition" Vixen) [Photos/Video] • COMIN' OUT HARD: 10 Rappers Caught In S#x Tape Scandal --