[Video] Emotional Nicki Minaj Accepts Billboard Rising Star Award, Says She’s Thankful For Taylor Swift

This past Friday, Nicki Minaj was honored with the Rising Star of 2011 award at Billboard’s Women In Music event. As the Head Barb In Charge took to the stage, she became teary eyed as she talked about her Barbz and how grateful she was that they’ve continued to stick beside her:

I just know that I am so incredibly thankful and grateful for a couple little kids. Maybe a few million, I call them my Barbz and I know they are not in here today but I know they will hear me say this. Barbz, I love you so much for being by my side for such a long time. Billboard, Thank you so much for recognizing me. Even before Superbass and even before Pink Friday, you believed in me.

All of the women tonight that have been recognized, I am so proud of you for showing me that this can be done, and that this is possible and for showing so many girls that you can be your own boss and that you can make music that you want and that you can project an image that you believe in.

Immediately after she accepted her award, she sat down with Robin Roberts and  revealed why she is thankful for Taylor Swift who received the ‘Woman Of The Year’ award.

First I saw a radio interview and they asked her what song she liked and she said, ‘Can it be a song that didn’t come out yet’ and she started rapping Super Bass. Then she tweeted that she liked ‘Super Bass’ and then all of her fans who had never heard about Nicki Minaj went and purchased it. After Taylor tweeted that, ‘Super Bass’ climbed up 80 something spots the same day on Itunes. And that is why people don’t understand why I keep on Thanking Taylor Swift. This is real.

Check out video and pics from the event below