Nicki Minaj Gets $12 Million for ‘American Idol’ — Source

by | September 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM | American Idol

New 'Idol' Judge Nicki Minaj (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

By FRAZIER MOORE and MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Nicki Minaj is getting $12 million to be a judge on “American Idol.”

A person in the music industry with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday that the singer-rapper will receive $12 million for a one-year contract with the hit Fox singing series. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the contract had not been made public.

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Fox announced earlier Sunday that Minaj and country singer Keith Urban will be judges on “Idol” when the show returns in January. They will join Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson. A representative for Urban wouldn’t disclose the singer’s compensation for “Idol.”

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The AP reported in July that Carey is receiving just shy of $18 million for a one-year contract with a renewal option.

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