The singer Nicki Minaj, 34, told millions of Twitter followers she would pay university tuition fees for some of them if they get A-grades. Ms Minaj will donate thousands of dollars to 30 fans if they show they got straight A's at high school. She also promised to pay more tuition fees in the future. Minaj tweeted: "Show me straight A's that I can [check] with your school, and I'll pay [your fees]." She also joked that she might not have any money after making the payments. One student asked Minaj for $6,000 to pay for his accommodation, books, classes and food.
Minaj did not plan to pay for her fans' tuition. She first tweeted about a contest for someone to join her at a music awards show. A fan asked if she would pay for his college fees and her tweets changed. Minaj was born in Trinidad and grew up in New York. A newspaper editor said she was, "the most influential female rapper of all time". She has sold 20 million singles worldwide as a solo artist, and another 60 million singles as a guest artist. One Twitter user called her, "one of the most…caring and generous people in all of the entertainment industry".