Nicki Minaj Taunts Mariah Carey on Twitter

The American Idol judges are back to beefing.

Posted: 05/02/2013 04:15 PM EDT
Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey

Nicki Minaj set the Billboard record straight this morning following a heated moment on American Idol last night when Nicki mocked fellow panel judge Mariah Carey after Carey suggested that the Queen Barb didn't understand what it meant to be at the top of the charts.

"Oh, so you agree with Nicki?" The YMCMB rapper asked while Carey was offering her critique of a contestants performance. Carey waved her off saying, "Again, back to the Billboard Hot 100 song which you just performed, which is difficult to get, not everybody has that to their credit."

Nicki didn't let that slide. At one point, she broke out some Q-tips and told Carey she needs to clean out her ears. She then took to Twitter this morning to respond more fully — this time including celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and somewhat confirming the rumor that J-Lo is being courted to replace Carey as a judge next season.

"Bwaha! Burn? She's sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper @perezhilton," she tweeted. "What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy a--) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter @perezhilton" and "All den #1s but JLo phone ringing? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that."

Prior to last night's exchange, it seemed things were getting back to the type of working relationship that spawned the judges' "Up Out My Face" song. Nicki even complimented the singer during the "Divas" episode when contestants sang Carey's songs. The YMCMB rapper gushed about how she expected a certain level of quality and actually felt like she could believe when she heard "When You Believe," a song Carey recorded with Whitney Houston.

Now, not so much. Tonight's show, may be particularly eventful as the results are given to determine who from the final four is heading home.

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