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Nicki Minaj’s Twisted Roman Ritual at Last Night’s Grammy Awards

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Minaj in red accompanied by 'The Pope' walks the red carpet before last night's 2012 Grammy Awards

NOTE: Is there an insider ‘nudge, nudge, wink, wink’ about Minaj’s red carpet walk last night, escorted by ‘The Pope’? Given the news two days ago that someone inside the Vatican predicts that the Pope will die within a year, perhaps the ‘failed exorcism’ and the triumph of Satan at the end of the performance telegraph that a major shift is on its way.

It’s becoming a tradition for singers to bash the Catholic church at the Grammy Awards, but last night’s freak show turned up the volume to thirteen. The horrific music and demonic dancing seemed all the more inappropriate as the Music Industry was supposedly mourning the tragic death of Whitney Houston, who had died, according to a report at TMZ.com, of prescription drugs mixed with alcohol. The wild, Hollywood life had killed Houston, and Minaj’s sick idea of ‘exorcism’ and ribald/cross-dressing seemed highly inappropriate, but then Minaj doesn’t “play nice”.

The song featured in the video is from Minaj’s newest album, and it centered around her alter-ego, Roman Zolanski (an obvious tribute to the director of Rosemary’s Baby and husband to Charles Manson victim Sharon Tate: Roman Polanski). In fact, the Trinidad-born Onika Tanya Maraj (her real name) claims to have numerous ‘alter-egos’, including ‘Cookie’, Harajuku Barbie, Nicki Teresa, Rosa, and Nicki Minaj. Roman Zolanksi also has a ‘mother’ named Martha Zolanski.

Ironically, Minaj bears a tattoo on her left arm in Chinese letting that translates to ‘God is always with you’. Many of these alters joined her as a child, when she struggled to find peace in a household filled with drugs, violence, and constant fighting. She claims that ‘fantasy is her reality’.

Onika Maraj appears to have all but disappeared–at least onstage–so the public rarely sees the real person. Sadly, last night, Grammy watchers were horrified by Roman Zolanski’s appearance in a story that began with a film and ended with a live, failed ‘exorcism’ Continue reading

Beverly Sills passes away at 78

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAz2HgSZaDs&mode=related&search=] I found this wonderful video on You Tube of Beverly at age seven singing “Il Bacio” (‘The Kiss”) by Luigi Arditi.

When I studied opera back in Nebraska, Beverly Sills was among my top ten favorite female artists. Beyond her remarkably light soprano, she possessed an incomparable drive to succeed. She took opera out of its dusty old box and presented it to the Muppet generation.  

Sills never once smoked, so her death from inoperable lung cancer is all the more tragic.

If you’re a fan, then you’ll also enjoy this finale concert from 1980, when ‘Bubbles’ retired from a 25 year performance career at the Met. Be warned, her fittingly poignant ‘finale’ is a Portuguese folk song of ‘farewell’ that left me weeping.  
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