It Pays to Be A Fan of Nicki Minaj – Money Pacers
It Pays to Be A Fan of Nicki Minaj

It Pays to Be A Fan of Nicki Minaj

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Last month, NBC news reported that rapper Nicki Minaj had paid the student loans of several of her Twitter fans: It pays to get good grades. The 34-year-old Grammy nominee offered to pay more than $30,000 in loans for a dozen of her Twitter followers on one condition — they must have straight A’s or an impressive GPA.

Minaj was on Twitter answering questions about a lip syncing contest surrounding her “Regret in Your Tears” music video, when suddenly one of her followers asked if she would pay for her college tuition. Minaj quickly replied – yes and agreed to extend the opportunity to others.

Thousand of requests flooded in, with fans sending the star screenshots of their report cards and student loan balances.

In each case the rapper asked her fans to send her proof of their grades – which had to be straight As – and of their financial need, by Twitter direct message. Lest anyone thought it might have been a publicity stunt, the website TMZ confirmed with at least one fan that they had already received $500 from the celebrity.

Shortly after 1am, Minaj felt she had forked out enough promises of thousands of dollars and decided to call it a night.

“U want to go to college but can’t? How much do u need to get u in school? Is that the only thing stopping u?” Minaj asked a immigrant fan who said she could not afford classes.

The performer, who attended La Guardia High School for the Arts, in New York City, has been an advocate for education from early in her career.

When Minaj met viral video stars Sophia and Rosie Grace in 2011 on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, she advised the two to “stay in school.”

“Music is beautiful, but I want you to stay in school, okay?” Minaj said. “Put your books first and singing second, okay?”

The fans contacted by Money Pacers did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but TMZ reported that they had confirmed that at least two people received payments from the “Super Bass” singer.

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