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Ever since Nicki Minaj officially announced her role as American Idol judge (along with Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson), rumors have been swirling that the Pink Friday singer and Ms. Mariah are already butting heads before the season even begins.
And while it's blatantly obvious the babes probably have a few, er, creative differences, Nicki's out to set the record straight, admitting that she only has the utmost respect for her fellow judge:
"Mariah's a legend and I just want to say that… I'm sitting next to a woman who I've looked up to since I can remember enjoying music," Minaj told Access Hollywood at the NYC launch of her Pink Friday fragrance. "My mother and I bonded to Mariah and I told her that, before even American Idol. It's obvious that we both have strong personalities, but ultimately, there's respect there and I think if nothing else, it'll make for really great TV."