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NFL, NBC Apologize for M.I.A.'s Middle Finger at Halftime Show

Rob Carr/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- There were no wardrobe malfunctions during Madonna's halftime show at Super Bowl 46 Sunday, but the NFL and a television network did apologize for a middle finger.

Madonna was joined by singer M.I.A. for a performance of Madge's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'," when M.I.A. flipped her middle finger during her rap, which was just caught on camera as NBC tried to blur it.

According to Entertainment Weekly, an apology was issued immediately from NBC Sports, saying, "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime, it was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late." NBC also noted that the league and not the peacock network, was in charge of the halftime show.

The NFL issued a statement throwing some blame at NBC: "There was a failure in NBC's delay system.  The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans."

Madonna's halftime show began with the 53-year-old queen of pop being pulled into Lucas Oil Stadium by dozens of muscled soldiers as the unmistakable opening beats of “Vogue” kicked in.  Madonna was perched on a throne, dressed in a gold robe which she soon threw off to reveal an outfit befitting a Roman or Greek goddess, featuring a black skin tight top and gold skirt, complete with thigh-high black boots and head piece.

As "Vogue" ended, the tune “Music” eased in.  This part of the set featured acrobatic breakdancers and Madonna proved her athleticism, turning cartwheels and performing headstands next to a performer perched on a wire.  She was joined by LMFAO as their hits "Party Rock Anthem" and “Sexy and I Know It” were mashed-up with "Music."

That was followed by her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin,’” complete with football cheerleaders and guests M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, who swept in to deliver their respective parts on the song. Billboard reports M.I.A. flipped the bird while saying the lyrics, "I'mma say this once, yeah, I don't give a s**t."

A marching band led by Cee Lo Green dressed as the band leader then appeared as snippets of “Express Yourself” and “Open Your Heart” were thrown into the mix, with Cee Lo sharing the vocals.

For the final song, the stage grew dark as strains of “Like a Prayer” began. With a quick-change, Madonna and Cee Lo appeared in black sequin floor-length robes, supported by a choir of backup singers and twinkling flashlights in the stands.  As the performance reached a climax, Madonna suddenly dropped down a hatch surrounded by white smoke as the words “World Peace” were projected onto the field.

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Nicki Minaj’s Tour Demands: Fried Chicken, Humidifier, Full Tea Set

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- In what has become a trademark of divahood, Nicki Minaj joins the ranks of superstars who request a laundry list of seemingly over-the-top items for their dressing rooms.

In a recent interview for the February/March issue of Wonderland magazine, the 29-year-old singer revealed her demands while on tour -- not just for herself, she said, but for the entourage that hangs out with her backstage.

The magazine obtained a full tour rider list for Minaj, which includes roses, a full tea set, fine silverware, a case of Red Bull, several different kinds of fruit, a full-fledged breakfast spread and deli sandwich tray -- and that’s just for setting the table. Minaj also requests several items to help her voice, including a humidifier and throat lozenges.

Here’s a peek at the list:

  • Two dozen pink or white roses and three large Baked Goods scented candles
  • Hot tea setup with lemon wedges, sugar and honey. Must include teacups, saucers, spoons and napkins, and decaffeinated Lipton Tea bags
  • Two packs Halls lemon honey drops and three packs of Thayers Slippery Elm lozenges (three different flavors)
  • Contact lense solution with case, two space heaters -- very important -- and a cool mist humidifier
  • Three packs of gum in three different flavors
  • Twenty-four bottles of Dasani Water (12 at room temperature,12 on ice)
  • Twelve cans of Red Bull (six at room temp, six iced)
  • Twelve bottles of Martinelli’s Apple Juice (six at room temp, six iced)
  • Twenty-four bottles of Snapple, 12 must be Lemon Ice Tea, 12 other assorted flavors
  • Singer’s Saving Grace throat spray
  • Two large bottles of assorted fruit juices and one gallon of Simply Lemonade -- please supply one small tub of clean ice and cups for drinks.
  • Egg Whites (scrambled hard), turkey bacon (fried hard), white toast (grape and strawberry jelly/jam). Belgian waffles (syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, butter and strawberries on side), enough to serve four people
  • One large fruit platter with side of mango and one large cheese platter
  • Three twelve-piece buckets of fried chicken, spicy -- no thighs, lots of wings
  • A deli tray with turkey breast meat, grilled chicken breast, whole wheat bread or rolls, yellow mustard and other condiments (seasoned salt, hot sauce), plates, forks, spoons, knives, napkins and straws (enough for six people)
  • Salad -- iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, green olives, Wishbone Light Italian dressing, Bumble Bee tuna in water, wheat or low-fat crackers
  • Carrots and dip
  • Cranberries (dried), almonds (raw-not roasted)
  • One set of fine silverware/stainless steel silverware

While the list seems long, the singer told the magazine the real Nicki is a “different” person from her neon-painted, latex-wearing diva self.

"They’re definitely two completely different people," she said. “Obviously, what I would wear at home is not what I would wear up on stage, and I think, when I’m at home it’s a way more introspective character and I think the person people see onstage is anything but.”

The multi-platinum rapper, who took home the best hip-hop video at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, is up for the best new artist award at this year’s Grammys. Minaj is expected to drop her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on April 3.

Minaj is not the first diva to make elaborate requests while on tour -- not by a long shot. She’s pretty tame when compared to Mariah Carey, who reportedly asked for kittens and white doves when she was turning on Christmas lights at the Westfield London Shopping Center in 2009.

Also in 2009, Lady Gaga demanded lambs and hundreds of butterflies onstage for her performance on The X Factor. However, her request to have lions accompany her at the MTV Video Music Awards that year was denied.

The Smoking Gun obtained a backstage rider list from Rihanna’s 2010 tour that showed the singer had very particular demands, including specifics about the exact size of the couch she wanted in her dressing room and how she liked her flowers arranged.

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Report: Madonna’s Halftime Show May Include 'Vogue,' Nicki Minaj

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- What songs will Madonna be performing this Sunday during the halftime show at the Super Bowl? has a hunch one tune will be “Vogue.”

The website has obtained several behind-the-scenes photos of Madonna’s stage at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and the word “Vogue” is clearly seen lit up on floor panels.

TMZ reports Nicki Minaj is rumored to be part of the show as well.

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Nicki Minaj and Charlie Sheen Top Searches for Celeb Costumes

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Apparently a lot of people want to know how to be Nicki Minaj.

According to Google, the hip-hop star is the year's most-searched celebrity Halloween costume. Minaj beat out pop culture icons including Charlie Sheen and Captain America to make the cut.

Overall, she ranks fourth on the list of most-searched Halloween costumes, behind "Angry Birds," "Black Swan" and "Playboy Bunny."

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Nicki Minaj & James Blunt Performing on 'Dancing with the Stars' Tuesday Night

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Nicki Minaj and James Blunt will be the musical guests on this week's Dancing with the Stars results show. Minaj will perform her song "Moment 4 Life," and Blunt will perform his new single, "I'll Be Your Man. "

The results show, airing Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on ABC, will also include a tribute to James Brown featuring Wayne Brady.

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Britney Spears Confirms Nicki Minaj, Others as Tour Openers 

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After weeks of rumors, Britney Spears has finally confirmed that Nicki Minaj will be the opening act for her upcoming Femme Fatale tour.

In addition to Minaj, Spears is also bringing along two other female acts: Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo.

In a statement, Britney said, "This is the Femme Fatale tour and I'm thrilled to have Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, and Nervo join me and get everyone on the dance floor.  Can't wait to take the Femme Fatales on the road."

The tour kicks off June 16 in Sacramento, California.  Tickets go on sale for select markets on April 30 via and

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Lady Gaga Among Artists Up for MTV's New 'O Music Awards'

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- MTV has decided to introduce yet another awards show -- the O Music Awards, which will honor "the art, creativity, personality and technology of music into the digital space."

Lady Gaga is one of the leading nominees for the inaugural awards, which will take place April 28 across multiple platforms, including and

Gaga has three nominations, including the Innovative Artist Award and the Fan Army Award, which goes to the artists with the most devoted and socially-networked fans.  Her competition in that category includes Adam Lambert, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, among others.  Other top nominees include Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, who have two each.

The categories also include Best Fan Cover of a Hit Song, Funniest Music Short, Must-Follow Artist on Twitter, Best Performance Series and Best Fan Forum, among many others.  Voting is open to the public at

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Nicki Minaj in Talks to Join Britney Spears Tour

Max Morse/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ever since Enrique Iglesias announced he was pulling out of Britney Spears' tour, there's been lots of speculation as to who will take his place.

Now, it appears that Nicki Minaj is a leading candidate.  Sources tell Billboard magazine that Minaj is in "discussions" to join Spears on the tour, which kicks off June 17 in Sacramento, California.

Minaj is currently on the road with Lil Wayne through the end of April.

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Nicki Minaj In, Mariah Carey Out as 'X Factor' Judge?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Though Simon Cowell has stated publicly that he wants Mariah Carey to be one of the judges on his new show X Factor, it appears as though he's not going to get what he wants. reports it has confirmed that Mariah has turned down the offer because she's too busy preparing for the arrival of her twins with hubby Nick Cannon, and working on music for a new album.

However, one of Mariah's former duet partners may be ready to step into the role.  The New York Post reports that Nicki Minaj is in talks to join the panel on X Factor.  A source told the paper, "Simon thinks Nicki is fantastic.  She's sassy, she looks great and she has bags of personality," adding that the show "is aiming for a younger audience."  Nicki joined Mariah for the 2010 remix of her song Up Out My Face.

Simon Cowell told MTV News that his X Factor judging panel "will be the best so far, I promise you," adding, "If I get the people I want, I'm really happy."  Stay tuned.

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Nicki Minaj Album Goes Platinum, Finally Hits Number One

Photo Courtesy - Cash Money(NEW YORK) -- After debuting at number three on the Billboard album chart 11 weeks ago, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday has finally risen to the number one spot.  On top of that, the album has just gone platinum, having sold 1,035,000 copies since its release, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

A thrilled Minaj tweeted to her fans on Wednesday, "We finally did it!  PINK FRIDAY is the #1 album in the United States of America!!!!! *faints* thank u sooooo much for the continued support."

Pink Friday's chart-topping feat is due to an 18 percent uptick in sales, which Billboard suggests is due to Minaj's appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Minaj's profile was also raised by viral videos of both Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez rapping her song "Super Bass."  In five days, the two clips racked up over two million hits.

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