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Months after reassuring fans they had kissed and made up, Young Money’s Nicki Minaj has fired fresh shots at fellow “American Idol” panelist Mariah Carey.

Minaj started the war of words by throwing out a subliminal diss onto her Twitter page yesterday (May 2).

“All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that.,” Minaj tweeted Thursday (May 2). (Nicki Minaj’s Twitter)

Nicki took things a step further by calling out Mariah’s insecurity.

The ego clash between warring American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj just became more heated. On Thursday, Minaj went public with personal — and extremely harsh — insults against Carey, referencing The Hollywood Reporter’s scoop last week that Idol execs had sought to replace Carey with Jennifer Lopez. Responding to Twitter backlash, Minaj urged her followers to start “asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter.” (Hollywood Reporter)

Reports also claim the tensions initially started with comments made by celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

On Wednesday’s Idol, upon critiquing a contestant’s performance, Carey made a jab in Minaj’s direction, saying: “Again, back to the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 song, which you just performed — which is difficult to get; not everybody has that.” Here’s where Hilton comes in: responding to a Thursday morning post on his gossip website which declared “Mariah Carey BURNS Nicki Minaj on ‘Idol’,” Minaj tweeted to Hilton, “Bwaha! Burn? Shes sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper @perezhilton.” (USA Today)

The remarks allegedly sparked a subliminal response from Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon.

“Negativity is just unhappiness with a microphone!,” he tweeted Thursday (May 3). (Nick Cannon’s Twitter)

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