Nicki Minaj Is Thrilled That Simon Cowell Loves ‘Bang Bang’

Guess this means Minaj and co. are going to Hollywood!

Nicki Minaj and Simon Cowell are showing each other some love this week.

Recently, Simon was full of praise when talking about “Bang Bang,” the Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande collaboration that had us singing, dancing and rapping along all week.

“The best pop single I have heard this year is ‘Bang Bang,’” Simon said on Twitter. “It is going to be huge.”

Queen Nicki was flattered by the kind words and she let Simon know.

“Oh wow,” Nicki said on Instagram. “Does this mean Jessie, Ari and I are going to Hollywood, Simon? Lol. Love that man so much.”

Simon joked back with the “Anaconda” MC, saying, “Yes Nicki you are going to Hollywood. X.”


Simon and Nicki have their past work on “American Idol” in common, though the two never actually worked together on the show. Nicki joined the series for a feud-filled season in 2012, two years after Simon left “A.I.” to focus on “The X Factor.”

And this isn’t the first time that Cowell has spoken fondly of Minaj. Back in 2011, Simon said he was excited to meet Nicki to talk about a lot of projects they could work on together, including “The X-Factor.”

“We spoke to Nicki actually about a lot of projects,” he said. “We were just very interested to meet her. I’m a big fan of hers. So I don’t know if it’s gonna be this show or something in the future, but it was definitely somebody I wanted to meet.”

Even back then, Simon was also singing Jessie J’s praises.

“[Nicki's] very smart, very influential, very bright and along with artists like Jessie J, you can’t ignore them and sooner or later they have to be in our world and we have to be in their world,” he said at the time.

Now that “Bang Bang” is here and we’ve seen this Nicki, Jessie and Ari selfie, we can’t help but be excited about the upcoming video.

They are unstoppable! For now, though, we’ll just keep listening to this track on repeat.