Like her eccentric onstage personality and outlandish outfits, Nicki Minaj's musical talent was boundless. She first made a splash with her stylized mixtapes before dominating the charts with her debut album <i>Pink Friday</i> (2010), a dynamic fusion of musical genres from rap to bubblegum pop. Fueled by smash hits like "Your Love," "Check it Out" and "Roman's Revenge," Minaj went from rising rap diva to the genre's new Queen Bee. She also managed to keep critics and fans alike on their toes with her unexpected fashion choices, sporadic foreign accents, and of course, searing freestyle. It was her reputation as an unpredictable artist that helped land her a spot at the judge's table, alongside Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, on season 12 of "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ), bringing the artist more mainstream than ever before. Minaj also collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, a testament to her fierce vocals, impressive range and influence as one of hip-hop's most original artists.