Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey: 'Idol' Smackdown Caught on Tape
Singers Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey got into a verbal battle royale at the "American Idol" auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday. In a video obtained by TMZ, Nicki hurls threats and obscenities at Mariah.
Among the “Pink Friday” singer's choice words…“I'm gonna knock you out” and “I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there.”
TMZ also said the argument escalated off camera. Nicki supposedly yelled, "If I had a gun I would shoot her," but producer Nigel Lythgoe told the press that the death threat never happened. "The statement [that Nicki made a death threat] is absolute rubbish. It's absolutely not true in any way, shape or form," he said.
According to Splash, Mariah started the fight by calling Nicki a “b**ch,” causing the younger singer to storm off. When producers finally convinced Minaj to return, Carey continued hurling insults, causing the 29-year-old to attack.
Poor Keith Urban was literally caught in the middle of the fight and at one point he just threw his hands up in the air, baffled. Producers halted auditions for the day so the two judges could settle down.