By Nadeska Alexis
In Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J’s first Grammys ads, the two artists posed against a giant gramophone for a series of playful still shots, but this time they get a little bit animated. LL Cool J provides some music with his beatboxing skills while Nicki hams it up over the beat, rapping just a little bit. The promo ads are only the beginning of an eventful 2012 Grammys run for Minaj who will perform and possibly take home an award for Best New Artist.
On Sunday night Minaj will give a first taste of the unreleased Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded single “Roman Holiday” for her inaugural Grammy performance, and the following day she will premiere another single “Starships” on Ryan Seacrest’s show.
In addition to her nod for Best New Artist, the 29-year-old star is also up for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album for her 2010 debut Pink Friday. Cash Money Records CEO Birdman is among the few who have already heard Minaj’s upcoming sophomore album, and he’s given it glowing reviews. “She’s grown so much as an artist. She’s so talented that this sh– is scary,” he told Complex. “She really is the female Weezy. Hands down, she bad as a mother—-er. Her talents, skills and what she’s done with her music and the way she is in front of a camera. She’s just so talented to be so young. It’s a brand-new style. I’m just so glad she’s on our team.”