The inspiration for Nicki Minaj's attention-grabbing, Grammy Awards ensemble -- a red medieval cape - has been explained.
The outfit is a costume from a movie she has written.
In an interview with the Associated Press Wednesday, Minaj discussed why she wore the shocking outfit, showed up with an actor dressed like a pope, and orchestrated a performance of her songs "Roman's Revenge" and "Roman Holiday" that mocked an exorcism, featured dancing monks, involved a levitation, and depicted altar boys kneeling in front of scantily-clad women. The character Roman Zolanksi is one of Minaj's alter egos.
"You know how people write plays and movies? That's what I did," Minaj told the Associated Press. "I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what was to come. And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?" she said, dismissing her critics.
She added, "I don't know what is the big issue?"
The religious and civil rights organization Catholic League called Minaj's performance vulgar in a letter posted on its website Monday, and asked its followers to email Grammy organizers The Recording Academy to complain.
Minaj nemesis Lil Kim slammed "The Exorcism Of Roman" Grammy set Wednesday when appearing on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live." "I don't know what that was," Kim said.
Former Lady Gaga creative director Laurieann Gibson, who choreographed the production, defended Minaj's routine, shooting down claims that it was blasphemous.
"There are no crosses," she told Rolling Stone. "There are no religious symbols. We made sure we were very respectable. The bishop was a symbolic figurehead. He was not [intended] in a negative light, but in a position of authority."
"Roman Holiday" is from Minaj's forthcoming album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," scheduled to be released on April 3.