Mariah Carey one of my all time favorite artists: Nicki Minaj

Jan 10, 2013, 02:26 IST | PTI

After having a bitter war of words with Mariah Carey last October, Nicki Minaj has now said her fellow American Idol judge is one her all time favorite artists.

The 28-year-old rapper had threatened to shoot Mariah during a heated conversation, while filming for the new season of 'American Idol', reported Us magazine. "I say nice things about Mariah all the time.

Nicki Minaj

She's one of my favourite artists of all times. She's really shaped a generation of singers. To be on a panel with her, it's kind of crazy," said Minaj. When Carey was contacted for comments, she said knew Minaj was going to become a big star from the very begninning.

"That was obviously a very sweet thing to say. Nicki and I worked together very early on in her career and did a song - it's called 'Up Out My Face,' ironically. I did know, and feel, she was going to go very far," said Carey.

Just earlier in the week Carey had said that she was feeling extremely insecure after the argument. She even admitted that she had hired extra security after the incident. "It felt like an unsafe work environment.

Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, you know, it's not appropriate. I'm a professional. I'm not used to that type of environment. "Sitting there on the road with two babies, I'm not going to take any chances," she said. 

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