Nicki Minaj Curses Off Mariah Carey: Caught on Tape!

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If tension equates to ratings, American Idol may shatter a few records this season.

During a taping of early Season 12 auditions in Charlotte yesterday, production slammed to a halt when Nicki Minaj WENT OFF on Mariah Carey - and portions of the incident are caught on tape!

Watch for yourself:

As captured by TMZ and seen above, Minaj tells producers: "I told them I'm not f-ckin' putting up with her f-ckin' highness over there."

It's been no secret that Carey is angry over the show bringing another female on board, and it's now clear the feeling of disdain is mutual.

Sources say the fight broke out over a contestant's performance and that Nicki told Mariah at one point: "I'm gonna knock you out."

Keith Urban and Randy Jackson tried to settle their counterparts down, but to no avail. The taping consequently shut down early in order for both sides to slow their respective rolls.

Producers are reportedly legitimately worried about chemistry on set, bu, hey, at least they didn't bring Khloe Kardashian on board to host.

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Nicki Minaj Biography

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Trinidad and Tobago
Full Name
Onika Tanya Maraj