Apparently, Minaj began ranting when she felt she was being disrespected by Carey during a routine contestant audition. Upon leaving the set, Minaj allegedly said that she would shoot Carey if she had a gun.
In the following days, Idol executives would release statements denying the allegations saying, "This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had. We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can't imagine a better group to find the next American Idol. Despite all the accusations and media speculation - much of which is inaccurate - production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge."
However, Carey would contradict the statements when she was photo’d with bulked up security after an Idol photo shoot that took place in Baton Rouge, LA. Then, The View host Barbara Walters read a statement that insisted Carey was indeed concerned, “She said she is very concerned, she's with her twins, she doesn't feel that anything would happen, but Nicki is unpredictable and Mariah says she can't take a chance and has hired extra security.”
To top it off, Minaj responded to the hoopla with several tweets:
‘I don't call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave. I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we've had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn.’
Ceelo Green, Steven Tyler, and Keith Urban have all publicly expressed their opinions about the ongoing spat, with both Green and Tyler suggesting that it was all part of a publicity stunt in an effort for the show to garner more ratings.
Whether it’s a PR stunt or the two accomplished divas truly dislike each other, one thing is for certain that it’s working! While critics question the authenticity of the fight between Minaj and Carey, legions of fans are waging a war of words online on who is the better entertainer between the two music divas.
Some fans feel that Minaj is not qualified to be on Idol because she hasn’t been in the spotlight for as long as Carey. However, others feel that Minaj is just what Idol needs to pull in new viewers and revive the show. Simultaneously, fans have expressed that Carey is a legend and highly qualified for the role. While others have expressed that there is a possibility that Carey’s ego may have gotten the best of her. That leaves some to question, who is the better artist for American Idol? Let’s leave it to the statistics to determine that. Source