Nicki Minaj: 'I Ruffled Mariah Carey's Feathers On Idol'
But rap star vows to continue being herself on talent show panel...
Speaking on Good Morning America, the star paid tribute to Mimi - but also vowed to continue "being Nicki Minaj".
E! Online quoted her as saying: "She's been one of my favourite artists of all time since I can remember, so it's weird that everything kind of, was blown up like that. It didn't make me happy at all.
"I can't take away what she's done in my life and just in pop culture in general and just having one of the most amazing voices in the world.
"Having said that, I'm an adult and we are passionate on the set and sometimes when you're a passionate woman, you know, sometimes it kind of ruffles other women's feathers, but I'm going to continue to be Nicki Minaj."
Giving an interview in advance of the 12th season premiere of the popular reality TV show, 29-year-old Nicki explained that her approach to judging on the show was simple.
"I would consider myself an honest judge," she explained. "That's all I'm doing. I've said before, I want them to leave with the truth. I feel like the truth has always fuelled me to get better."