Steven Tyler Apologizes to Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj; Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler Apologizes to Nicki Minaj

The legendary rocker clarifies comments about Nicki Minaj, says he's "not a racist."

Published November 28, 2012

Earlier this week former American Idol judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was blasted via Twitter by Nicki Minaj for making what she claims were racist accusations against her. After Tyler suggested to MTV that Minaj would have sent Bob Dylan "to the cornfield" if he appeared on Idol this season, she shot back with an infuriated string of messages.

TMZ caught wind of the rocker's apology during an appearance on the Canadian entertainment show eTalk. Tyler offered amends to the "Starships" singer saying, "I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki ... but I am the farthest from [being a racist] ... I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don't know where she got that out of me saying I'm not sure how she would have judged Bob Dylan."

He explains that there was no racial connotation behind his words and he simply meant that if Bob Dylan auditioned for this season of Idol, Nicki would have booted him off.

"Maybe I spoke out of turn," he said. "But a racist I'm not, Nicki."

Tyler also sounds off with MTV on all the recent Idol drama at the judges table saying, “They need a manager to say 'Shut the f--k up and just give [auditioners] your opinion."

No word yet from Nicki as to whether she'll accept his apology. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.


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Written by Jazmine A. Ortiz


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