Trinidad and Tobago born, Queens, New York raised rapper, Nicki Minaj has been honored by MTV with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.
Minaj, who also took home the award for Best Hip Hop, thanked the “key people” who inspire her during her acceptance speech, namely Lil Wayne and JAY-Z. She also highlighted Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyoncé and others who she said gave her “huge opportunities.”
Nicki then spoke on the topic of mental health saying, “I wish Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were still here. I wish that people understood what they meant and what they were going through. I wish people took mental health seriously, even for the people who we think have perfect lives. I wish Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD and Nipsey Hussle were here.”
The Michael Jackson video Vanguard award is given to an artist that has made an “outstanding contribution” to music and pop culture. Nicki is the second female rapper to receive the award. Missy Elliott received the award in 2019.
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