Nicki Minaj Arrives Late for 'Idol' Top 10: VIDEO

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'American Idol' judge Nicki Minaj blamed heavy Los Angeles traffic as her reason for missing the first performance last night featuring the Top 10 contestants.

The 'Super Bass' singer totally missed contestant Curtis Finch Jr.'s rendition of 'I Believe' inspired by former 'Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino. Minaj quietly slipped in during a commercial break.

Host Ryan Seacrest kicked off the night by instructing the audience to keep their enthusiasm going for "3 of your 4 judges who have made it here tonight."  He added, “I hear she’s seven minutes out and there’s some congestion on the 405 … she  should be here momentarily.”

Randy Jackson chimed in, “I heard it was the 101.” Mariah Carey looked very put out by the whole thing and Keith Urban ... well you know him-- he just smiled.

Ryan asked the trio of judges: “Which one of you gave Nicki the wrong directions today?  Which one of you drained the fuel from her car?”

Nicki was tweeting while trying to get to the show, "Stuck in traffic *sighs*" followed by "F*** u Malibu!!!!!!!!!!!! *moves to Beverly Hills*."

Check out the video clip below:

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