2019 Year in Review: Nicki Minaj Stuns with Retirement, Marriage, & More

Published: Thursday 12th Dec 2019 by Rashad

Whether good, bad, ugly, or somewhere in between, 2019 brought with it some of modern Pop culture’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree maybe even reshaped – the Urban and Pop landscape as we know it.

Next, we’ll look back on how 2019 was the year ‘Moment 4 Life’ rapper Nicki Minaj prioritized her personal life after a decade of dominating the female Rap game.

More inside:

From the underwhelming commercial performance of her fourth studio album, ‘Queen,’ to a highly publicized rivalry with Cardi B, her brother’s legal woes, and more, 2018 was unquestionably the most controversial year of Nicki Minaj‘s career to date (as we reported here).  And, while 2019 was much less so for the Rap diva, it still brought with it no shortage of jaw-dropping headlines.

In addition to kicking the year off with reports of putting the final touches on her fifth studio effort (as we reported here), Minaj embarked on a tour in support of its predecessor.  Despite acclaim from concertgoers, the European jaunt was riddled with bad press due to a slew of technical difficulties and cancellations.

Nicki Minaj Apologises For Show Cancellation / Spends Time With Fans

As if those mishaps weren’t enough, the Grammy nominee’s year was also rocked by the commercial failure of highly touted comeback single, ‘Megatron’ (as we reported here), as well as clashes and fallouts with BET (as we reported here), Joe Budden (as we reported here), Rick Ross (as we reported here), her longtime management team (click here to read more), and more.

The wave of negative press is what some believe led the rapstress to announce her sudden retirement at just 36-years-old.

Nicki Minaj Announces Retirement

Garnering mixed reactions from fans, affectionately called #Barbz, the announcement was barely two months old before it was confirmed she had jumped the broom with beau Kenneth Petty.

Official: Nicki Minaj Marries Kenneth Petty

 

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A roller coaster of a year indeed, Nicki – despite a retirement announcement – kept busy with business ventures including her successful ‘Queen’ radio show and a collaboration with Fendi.  Moreover, music moves never slowed as she still managed to extend her reign in Hot 100 history books by way of a slew of singles she’s featured on.  With a whopping 106 entries to her credit (as of time reported), she stands as the female act with the most career placements on the tally.

To commemorate the latter achievement, she is set to be presented the Game Changer Award at Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music ceremony on December 12.  A great way to end the year if you ask us.

Regardless if 2020 brings motherhood or new music, one thing’s for sure: all eyes and ears will be on Onika.

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  1. only facts December 12, 2019

    Dear Nicki,

    You are not coming into the new decade with us all. You will be good for a throwback performance a few years from now.

    Thank you for your service, soldier. You’re dismissed.

    Signed,
    GP

    • James Masters December 12, 2019

      THE SAD TRUTH IS SHES COMING FOR SEVERAL DECADES AND PROBABLY EVEN MORE AFTER THAT KIM IS SELLING LITERALL WOOD FOR ALBUM SALES AND CARDI IS SITTING ON TOILETS AND SHITTING ON INSTAGRAM LIVE AND REMY IS STIIILLL WAITING TO GO PLATINUM AS A SOLO ARTISTS!! LMAO NICKI IS DOING JUUUUSSST FINE!!!

      • Rapnb December 12, 2019

        But how is Megaflop doing on the charts? Where’s the accompanying album? LMAO

      • Dc December 12, 2019

        No cardi is on vogue cover hater

  2. WRTW? December 12, 2019

    Poorly written article, which did nothing to highlight Nicki’s year but ok

    • king z December 12, 2019

      but were there lies?

      i knew the butthurt stans would come in here crying like 2019 was such an amazing year for nicki when really it wasn’t. all she did was embarrass herself all year long and take l after l.

      marrying a criminal, flopping all up and down the charts, etc

      • James Masters December 12, 2019

        But yet you still see fit to stop and read an article about her and take time out your day to comment cause you a hatin ass piece of garbage that couldn’t wipe the queens s***!! So take yo ass to a cardi and remy article!!

  3. James Masters December 12, 2019

    WHO PAID YALL TO WRITE THIS S***!! STOP POSTING NEGATIVE STUFF ABOUT THE QUEEN AND POST ABOUT HOW YALLS NEW QUEEN OF HIPHOP WAS ON A TOILET SHITTING FOR INSTAGRAM LIVE!!!

  4. Rapnb December 12, 2019

    Flopnika is so 2010. Let’s leave her in this decade.

  5. Just Sayin’ December 12, 2019

    No one cares expect them broke barbz. That bish has been taking L’s since ‘Shether’🤣🤣🤣

  6. Dc December 12, 2019

    Flop washed up

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