Nicki Minaj

Unleashing the Queen: Nicki Minaj's Iconic Collaborations That Rocked the Music World


Dec. 18 2023, Published 2:43 p.m. ET

In 1982, Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, also known as Nicki Minaj, was born.

She’s a songwriter, a singer, a model, and, more notably, a rapper. But not just any rapper! She’s the UNDISPUTED queen of rap, as proclaimed by herself and Rolling Stone, way back in 2010.

Nicki’s fame began with the release of her first debut album, “Pink Friday,” which topped the Billboard 200. And the rest is history.

She has won various awards and platinum plaques for her music, and her versatility as an artist has led to various singers collaborating with her, with many becoming real hits.

Nicki Minaj’s Hottest Collaborations

When talking about Nicki’s top collaborations, know we're talking billions of views in some cases. Don’t just take my word for it. Let’s look at some of Nicki’s hottest collaborations.

We’ve seen her doing it on different occasions with various artists throughout her career.

David Guetta, Chris Brown,, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Jason Derulo, and Madonna, to name a few.

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Here are Nicki Minaj’s most successful collaborations based on views!

Ariana Grande – Side To Side ft. Nicki Minaj

Although it came out in 2016, this song became one of the best in pop. Her amazing duet with Ariana Grande shot it up!” Side To Side” debuted straight at number 31 on Billboard.

In 24 hours, the video was one of the most viewed. The pop and reggae fusion music also received nominations at major award shows, such as the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography. They also performed the song at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards and the American Music Awards.

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Today, it’s been watched 2.1 BILLION times! Yeah, it’s one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube.

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David Guetta – “Hey Mama” ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack

Her history shows that the 56-year-old French DJ is Nicki’s No. 1 partner in musical collaborations. American hip-hop with electronic dance is one of the biggest combos in hip-hop. No wonder Guetta always pairs well with Nicki like a glove. “Turn Me On,” “Where Them Girls,” “Goodbye,” and then “Hey Mama.” They’ve both cooked music together to the delight of their fans. If it’s not broken, why fix it anyway?

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In “Hey Mama,” the famous French DJ brought together Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack to create a song that has now racked up more than 1.6 billion views. It has also been one of David Guetta’s most popular songs.

Justin Bieber – “Beauty And A Beat” ft. Nicki Minaj

When Justin Bieber was at the peak of fame, he joined his voice with that of an iconic artist, Nicki Minaj. “Beauty and a Beat” was a massive success worldwide in 2012, dominating the music charts. It became VEVO’s most-viewed video for a long time. It currently has more than 1 billion views on YouTube. There is everything here: party, dancing, friends, a whirlwind of emotions.

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Yes, these three are the top of her collabs, but there are more including, “Turn Me On” and “Where Them Girls,” with David Guetta, “Right by My Side” with Chris Brown, and “Only” with Drake, Breezy (again), and her boss himself, Wheezy. Her collaborations have no doubt elevated her tracks. But they cement her as a force in various music genres. Nicki’s versatility is key to her dominance in the rap industry, the undisputed queen of rap. Long may she reign!

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