Nicki Minaj, right, arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Nicki Minaj was sending a religious message with her Catholic-themed “Roman Holiday” performance at Sunday night’s Grammy awards. But what was it?
Minaj’s performance contained it all: a Catholic confession scene, and apparent demonic possession, followed by a series of break dancing monks, chanting choir boys and one levitating songstress.
The Twittersphere was apparently unable to make spiritual heads or tails of her art, but in a statement, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League was sure that her Catholic collage of a performance was intended to insult Catholics.
Nicki Minaj performs at the Staples Center during the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 12, 2012.
Minaj is far from the only pop queen to use controversial religious imagery in her performances. Lady Gaga played a sexy, sadomasochistic nun in her “Alejandro” video and took on the part of Mary Magdalene in her “Judas” video, using the story of Jesus Christ’s bretrayer as a metaphor for her own inner darkness. Britney Spears also ticked off the Catholic League when she appeared scantily clad in a confessional in her 2007 album’s art. And few artists have played the provocateur with Catholic imagery more than Madonna.
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