Mariah ‘didn’t know’ Minaj sang

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Mariah dropped the casual diva smackdown on Nicki Minaj.

Mariah Carey has said that she didn’t know that Nicki Minaj was a singer, saying “I thought she rapped or whatever…”

Casually dropping a diva smackdown, Mariah told Barbara Walters on ABC News in the States, that she hadn’t heard Minaj’s track where she sings a line apparently aimed at Mariah adding “I don’t know what she’s singing. I didn’t know she sang, I thought she rapped or whatever.”

Carey also said that she hired extra security after her run-in with Minaj on the set of Idol as it then felt like “an unsafe work environment”.

The singer, who also confirmed that she was paid “in the ballpark” of $18million for the series of American Idol, has been on the promo trail for the show, which airs in the States on January 16.

See some of the interview with Barbara Walters below. Warning, it does contain a bit of strong language.

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