Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to play her first local headlining arena show in April

Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. Citi cardholders have access to a presale that runs through 9 p.m. Thursday. Neither the venue nor the promoter announced ticket prices.

Minaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1982 to gospel-singing parents. Her mother earned a green card and moved to the Bronx to attend Monroe College. When Minaj was five, her mother brought her, her two brothers and father to live with her in Queens. As a teen, Minaj attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts. After graduating, she pursued an acting career and landed a role in the Off-Broadway play “In Case You Forget” in 2001.

After struggling to find further acting work — and getting fired from more than 15 restaurant and other jobs due to her rude attitude — Minaj began rapping, initially with the quartet the Hoodstars. She went solo in 2007, released a trio of mixtapes and landed her first substantial hit with “I Get Crazy” in 2009.

That led to a major-label deal and a series of 2010 guest spots on singles from the likes of Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Rihanna that made her an in-demand featured artist with more than 80 collaborations in the years since. Meanwhile, her debut album “Pink Friday” went triple platinum and spawned seven hits, including “Super Bass,” which hit the Top 10 in charts around the world.

Minaj spent the next decade becoming one of the biggest stars in hip-hop, with a series of successful albums, business ventures and acting and voice roles in “The Other Woman,” “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “The Angry Birds Movie 2.”

In late 2020, Minaj slowed down her activity after she gave birth to her first child, a son she refers to as Papa Bear. (His actual name is not publicly known.) In February 2021, her father was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Last week, Minaj issued her fifth album “Pink Friday 2,” a sequel to her debut. It features a long list of guests including Drake, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and 50 Cent. Its first single “Super Freaky Girl” entered the charts at No. 1. Her song “Barbie World” from the “Barbie” film landed in the Top 10 in numerous countries.