"You know what, she's an icon. I respect her. I've always respected her," Nicki, who took home two awards - Rap/hip-hop artist and Rap/hip-hop album - on Sunday night, told Shaun.
"But you know, we're human and things happen," the artist, who sported a vibrant electric yellow Monique Lhuillier gown (the same dress Modern Family's Julie Bowen recently wore to the Emmy Awards), continued.
Nicki might be saying that she and Mariah have put away the claws, but Idol host Ryan Season says fans will want to tune in for plenty of unexpected moments. "This will be the most unpredictable panel on our live shows we’ve ever had," Ryan told Shaun.
American Idol returns for its twelfth season on January 16 at 8 PM on FOX.