Los Angeles: Nicki Minaj created history on `American Idol` by arriving late during its first live show. The young singer was apparently held up by traffic, the Us magazine reported.
"We are coming to you live and on time. Keep that energy going for three of your four judges who are here tonight," host Ryan Seacrest said while keeping the crowd busy.
Other judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban were ready but Minaj was absent.
"I hear she`s seven minutes out and there`s some congestion on the 405. She should be here momentarily," Seacrest said.
Minaj was late by fifteen minutes and arrived during the first commercial break. She was dressed in a black hoodie as she took her seat. Carey, whose catfights with Minaj have often grabbed headlines, could not help rolling her eyes.