There’s been a lot of talk about Mariah Carey’s memoirs and who they didn’t include. The songbird dropped her tale of the 30 years that she’s been in the business earlier this year and some people felt left out. Fans also noticed that there was little about her time on American Idol in the book — and nothing about the Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj beef.
Mariah Carey was only on American Idol for one season back in 2013 and left to “focus on her music,” which no one was surprised to hear after the visibly uncomfortable season she spent alongside Nicki Minaj as a judge. There was constant bickering between the women during the audition rounds, which didn’t go unnoticed.
It was a glaring omission that Idol wasn’t included in Mariah’s book. At the time, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on American Idol was a coup that any television producer would have dreamed of, on top of the fact that both women were at the top of their respective genres at the time. Because Mariah was the bigger star, and was friends with judge Randy Jackson, many thought Minaj was the problem.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s beef seemingly came out of nowhere, as the two had previously worked together on Mariah’s single “Up Out My Face.” It’s not the first time that someone Mariah had collaborated with during her rise had felt slighted they weren’t mentioned in her memoirs. An old R&B group signed to her Crave label in her early days, Allure, were also upset.
In her memoirs, Mariah’s mention of her label was minuscule, since it seemed to be attached to such a dark time in her life. She also credits another artist signed to the label, The Negro League, as the first act signed to Crave. He also starred as the love interest in her feature for the Jermaine Dupri-produced single “Sweetheart.”
Allure felt disrespected enough to post a lengthy rant on their own Instagram, calling Mariah out and even including audio clips and the like from over the years of her referring to them as her first artists – before the post was deleted.
“For years we’ve always taken the high road. When it came to our career. Dealt with people having their own opinions about what went down with us and Mariah,” started the post.
“We were close to you …like sisters…but to actually mention the label and completely disregard us and our accolades and what we brought to the table as your ‘FIRST ARTISTS’ is a slap in the face.”
A resurfaced clip that featured a producer on the show has finally cleared up who the problem was. Like Allure and Minaj have stood by and said all along, the producer confirms that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj beef on American Idol wasn’t caused by Minaj – it was Carey.
“I will tell you this. It was raw and real, and the one you think was the problem? She wasn’t the problem.” When they clarify it was Carey, the producer then confirms and says “It was a nightmare experience for all of us.”
It seems like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on American Idol was as drama-filled as we thought. See the clip below.