US rapper Nicki Minaj has been fined for swearing on stage during a performance in Jamaica at the weekend.
The 28-year-old was issued with a summons for breaking local laws against profanity after appearing at the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay. Minaj was fined $1,000 Jamaican – the equivalent to just US$12 (£7) – due to the weak currency. A local lawyer appeared in court on Monday to plead guilty on the singer’s behalf and paid the fine.
Jamaica strictly enforces laws prohibiting artists from using expletives during live performances, but the songwriter performed some of her songs uncensored.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.