In the beginning I did not acknowledge Nicki Minaj because at the time she hasn’t proved herself as an artist to me. After seeing her dominated a prominently male industry in the last year, I have to admit that I am very proud of Minaj’s success. The Queens native has been named Billboard’s “Rising Star” for 2011. Her debut album, Pink Friday sold over 1.6 million copies worldwide. The Rising Star Award acknowledges Minaj’s phenomenal year and will be presented at the Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York City.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized by Billboard,” says Minaj. “My nation of barbz and I have come a mighty long way; yet we are nowhere close to where God will take us. Sit back and enjoy the ride.”
In other Minaj news, she will be releasing her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on February 14 (Valentines day). Over this past weekend, Minaj won two awards at the American Music Awards, taking home honors for Best Rap Artist as well as beating out her CEO Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV and Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne for Best Hip Hop Album Of The Year.
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