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The Grammy nominations list always packs a few surprises, and certainly a few punches — just ask Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun — and one of this year’s surprises was Nicki Minaj’s exclusion from the list, especially in light of her presence at the 2012 awards.

At this time last year Nicki Minaj was celebrating three nominations and gearing up for her first Grammys performance. She was up for the coveted Best New Artist award, in addition to Best Rap Album for Pink Friday and Best Rap Performance for the Drake-featured single “Moment 4 Life.”

Although she didn’t take home any trophies during the awards show, Nicki did make quite a splash, debuting her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded single “Roman Holiday” with a theatrical performance that made the Catholic League squirm, and even before that by walking thered carpet in a red robe, with a pope look-alike in tow. READ MORE


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