Nicki Minaj Offends Catholic League With Grammys Performance

Grammys 2012: Photos From The Show and Backstage

Nicki Minaj unveiled a new song, "Roman Holiday," with a complex, "Exorcist"-riffing performance - complete with an onstage priest schtick - at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 12).

Nicki Minaj's Grammys onstage exorcism yesterday (Feb. 12), left most people one of three: confused, blown away or offended. The Catholic League issued a statement of the rapstress' performance that leaves no doubt to which one of those three categories they belong to.

According to the Gothamist, Bill Donahue of the Catholic League expressed his organization's displeasure: "Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer."

Later in the statement, Donahue faulted The Recording Academy for giving Minaj's performance the green light. "None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved by The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam."

Minaj's performance of her single "Roman Holiday" included a pretaped segment of a mock exorcism that began with her singing a manic version of "I Feel Pretty" to her reflection. The live set had dancing monks and priests dancing with and swarming around a horizontal Minaj, which levitated high above the stage.

What did you think of Nicki Minaj's Grammys performance?