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nicki minaj feuds with steven tyler

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler suggested during a recent MTV interview that Nicki Minaj doesn't have what it takes to be an 'American Idol' judge.

He said, "You just have to give your opinion.  It wasn't hard for me, but I would imagine it's hard for some people, and they need a manager to say 'Shut the f---k up and give them your opinion.'"

"These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they're in New York City, they're scared to death, you're not going to get the best out of them.  If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield!  Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best out of him, as we did with Phillip Phillips.  Just saying."

As you might imagine, Nicki Minaj hit Twitter to rant, "Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet.  I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers.  I haven't done anything to you.  That's a racist comment.  You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? Why? Black? Rapper? What? Go f--k yourself and worry about yourself babe."

She added, "When Steven first went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike.  Called a sell out.  So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge."

The premiere of 'American Idol' season 12 will air on January 16, 2013 on FOX.

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trouble in paradise for tyler and brady

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and his fiancee Erin Brady have reportedly hit a rough patch in their relationship as he gets ready to tour with the band.

According to Page Six, the 64-year-old rocker and his long-time girlfriend are in a bad place right now that could go either way depending upon how badly they want to stay together.

In response to rumors, an Aerosmith rep said, "Just as any couple goes through trials and tribulations in a relationship, Steven and Erin are asking for their privacy at this time.  They are engaged to be married and each is committed to their sobriety.  Any claim to the contrary is absolutely false and misleading."

Steven and Erin got engaged last December in Hawaii and hinted that they would be going for a "way over-the-top romantic" destination wedding, either in Hawaii or Thailand."

The second leg of the Global Warming Tour kicks off next week with news songs from their album Music from Another Dimension!, set to drop on Nov. 6.

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steven tyler gets real

In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Steven Tyler admits he was just passing time and collecting a paycheck during his two-year stint on American Idol.

Contrary to the glowing soundbites the rocker provided in his recent 'I'm stepping down' statement, he now acknowledges that it really was "not his cup of tea."

Tyler admits, "It was something to do while the storm blew by, to be honest.  I loved it and hated it."

He thoroughly enjoyed working with Jennifer Lopez and admits the $10 million per season contract certainly made it worth his while.  What he didn't like was having to critique the young talent.

The Aerosmith frontman said, "The show's about kids and what you do to nurture their talent.  They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don't have that in me.  That's not what I'm about."

During his exit announcement last month he characterized his time on the hit FOX show as "over-the-top-fun" and claimed he "loved every minute of it."  Now we know the real story...

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steven tyler quits american idol

Rocker Steven Tyler announced Thursday that he is stepping down from the 'American Idol' judging panel after two seasons.

The legendary frontman said, "After some long hard thoughts I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' before she boils my rabbit.  I strayed from my first love Aerosmith, and I'm back."

FOX president Mike Darnell confirmed the news, "He's been a terrific judge, a true friend and great mentor to everyone involved with the show, and we know he'll continue to be a huge inspiration to 'Idol' hopefuls for years to come."

"We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock n roll legend, he would go back to the music.  We all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime."

Sounds like the hot and heavy rumors suggesting that Adam Lambert is on the 'Idol' judges short list just might be the real deal after all.

We would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that Charlie Sheen and Jerry Lewis are two other names that have been tossed around quite liberally by Nigel Lythgoe.

Stay tuned ...

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steven tyler not amused by heejun han

American Idol Top 10 finalist Heejun Han did not impress judge Steven Tyler last night with his rendition of the Billy Joel hit My Life.

The jokester stripped out of his peel away tuxedo shirt to reveal a colorful t-shirt as he bounced around the stage during his performance that was big on entertainment and lacking in solid musicality.

The scowl on Tyler's face tipped his hand even before he offered up his strongly worded opinion, "Are you happy that you took the piss out of that song?  The music business will kick your ass.  Sometimes you gotta be a bit more serious."

Check it out on video below.  Let us know ... has this performance hurt his chances of making it through tonight's elimination round?

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steven tyler delivers a train wreck performance

Aerosmith rocker and American Idol judge Steven Tyler sang the Star Spangled Banner before the NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

To coin an often used phrase by fellow Idol judge Randy Jackson, 'Hey dude, it sounded kinda pitchy."

He took a few liberties with the lyrics, a fact that was pointed out repeatedly on Twitter after his train wreck performance.

ESPN analyst Skip Bayless tweeted, "How could Patriots be inspired by the awful Anthem sung by Steven Tyler?  At least give him some screaming guitars to camouflage his voice."

The rocker is lucky this wasn't an Idol audition.  It would definitely not have earned him the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood.  On a positive note, we'll admit his sports-themed neck scarf did rock.

It still turned out to be a good day for Tyler despite his singing snafu.  His beloved Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl.

Check out his painfully awful rendition after the jump:

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steven tyler and carrie underwood duet

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and the 'Demon of Screamin' rocker Steven Tyler will host CMT Crossroads: Steven Tyler & Carrie Underwood Live From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam.

The event, slated for Saturday, Feb. 4., will be the second time that the country songstress and the Aerosmith frontman have come together to make music.

The duo brought the house down with their performance of Undo It and Walk This Way in April 2011 during the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The private Super Bowl event will be held at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis and will be pre-taped for airing at 11:00 p.m. ET, 10:00 p.m. CT. on the eve of the biggest sporting event of the year.

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steven tyler and erin brady engaged

Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and his long time girlfriend have been enjoying a Hawaiian vacation on the island of Maui for the past few days.  The paparazzi were quick to pick up on the fact that Erin Brady is suddenly rocking something of her own -- a sparkler on her ring finger.

The American Idol judge, 63, and Brady, 38, have been a couple since 2006.  Despite their 25 year age difference, they have managed to weather a rocky road that has included some significant health issues for Tyler.

He has four children from two previous marriages.  His oldest daughter is actress and model Liv Tyler, 34.

Check out another red carpet photo of the newly-engaged couple after the jump.  View the bling pics here.

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steven tyler looks tough after falling on his face

Steven Tyler fell flat on his face while showering in Paraguay, South America on Tuesday.  He chatted about the incident with Matt Lauer, via telephone, on this morning's Today Show.

While many are speculating that the Aerosmith frontman fell off the wagon, the rocker and American Idol judge was adamant that it was a case of food poisoning that caused him to pass out while taking a shower.

After discovering that Tyler was injured, his manager contacted the American Embassy to find the best hospital in the area.  According to Tyler, "It was like one stop shopping.  They stitched up my eye, did a little plastic surgery and fixed up my tooth all in one fell swoop."

Ever the performer, Tyler appeared on stage Wednesday night in Buenos Aires, looking the worse for wear but upbeat and full of high energy.

Check out the video conversation and more photos below:

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