Though she didn't drop an album in 2015, Nicki Minaj is being widely praised as one of the most impactful artists of the year and is on Billboard's "Year in Music 2015" issue. With no project to consume, Nicki was still in the headlines in a big way for her relationship with Meek Mill, beefs with Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, a massive tour and, most recently, a Grammy nomination for best rap album for 2014's The Pinkprint. With a big 2016 on deck, Minaj fielded questions on her ABC sitcom, her career as an actress, Hillary Clinton, whether or not she and Meek are engaged and her plans to drop a mixtape in the future.

Below are the highlights. The full interview can be read here.

On her ABC sitcom: 

I am maybe too involved. Two days ago I was in casting. I’m going back tomorrow. I found one girl who I’m obsessed with who might play me, and someone who could rival her. So I’ve been coaching them both. I do a beat, let them rap. I do little dances with them. It has been magical. I didn’t even know I had it in me, but I love children so much.

On her acting career

I want to do something very serious. Meryl Streep is one of my favorite artists of all time. She blows me away in just about everything she does. I love how she can go from The Devil Wears Prada to The Iron Lady -- she’s so incredible in that. My dream would be to have that type of acting career, where I can do both things believably.

On Hillary Clinton

I support her as a woman. Am I convinced that she should be the next president? I still want to be open-minded about everyone. Obviously, I identify with her struggles as a woman. I identify with the fact that when she’s in that room and there are nothing but men there -- there’s sometimes something in her that must feel intimidated. But I think that she uses that and turns it into a strength. Because that’s what I’ve always done. And so I love her for sticking it out. She has gone through horrifying things, even within her marriage. She has been brave and weathered the storm. And continued being a boss. That’s something that every woman should feel inspired by, no matter if you’re voting for her or not.

On her relationship with Meek Mill:

He and I are not engaged. But he said he would like to give me three rings before we get married. My birthday’s coming up, and he better get the new one, because he got [the first one] for my last birthday. So let’s see what happens.
Yeah, we speak about it. We actually spoke with Jay Z and Beyoncé about [being in a high-profile relationship.] After our show at [Brooklyn’s] Barclays Center [in October], we had dinner together. They were so giving with advice. I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong.

On her desire to drop a mixtape:

Well, I want to touch a couple of beats that I wasn’t on. I could have bodied a lot of the records that came out in the last year. But the main thing is, I have to set an example for female rappers. I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example. And because I came into the game doing mixtapes, I want to make sure women do not forget the importance of that grind, that walk up to the top. You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot. It’s important that you are bigger than your music. Some fans are going to f--- with me for the rest of my life because they know where I came from. Fans know my struggle. How hungry I was. That I was not settling, I was not giving up. I was on everybody’s beat. I was ruthless.

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