It’s tough to think of an artist who had a more successful 2010 than Nicki Minaj. When the year began, she had built up a decent reputation on the underground mixtape circuit, but her only real exposure to the mainstream was a brief (yet instantly memorable) appearance alongside Robin Thicke on BET’s 106 & Park for a performance of “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy.” However, it was only a matter of time before the public-at-large realized that Nicki had star quality for days; by the time the year had wrapped, she had a platinum album (Pink Friday) under her belt, turned in memorable guest verses for Kanye West and Trey Songz (among others), brought the house down during VH1 Divas and got her famous booty smacked on live television by none other than Regis Philbin.
As you might expect, Nicki is a hustler, not the kind of artist who is not content to rest on her laurels, so you can bet she’s got some big things planned for 2011. She’s appearing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend and, tonight, her “Moment 4 Life” video makes its long awaited debut. The video, which co-stars her rumored paramour Drake, is the most elaborate of her career to date. We can tell you that the video has got a bit of a Cinderella theme to it, but we’re hesitant to give much more away. Will Nicki find her Prince Charming in time, or will her proverbial carriage turn into a pumpkin at midnight? You Barbies will just have to watch to find out (and, don’t forget, let us know what you think, either in the comments below or by hitting us up on Twitter!).