Despite any tension that Nicki Minaj may have with other hip-hop artists , she was all about the love when she won the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist trophy at the 2010 BET Awards.
Sporting red-orange hair, a cream-colored corseted gown and chunky jewels, the star took the stage after embracing her fellow Young Money superstar Drake. The rap diva dedicated her award to her mentor, Lil Wayne, saying, “This is for Dwayne Carter.” Minaj gave him credit for “predicting” her success and thanked him for his “tough love.” (Drake also thanked Weezy when he won for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.)
Flanked by a crew that included Gudda Gudda from Young Money, the hip-hop Barbie also showed love to many of the women in the building, including actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who she said she idolized. She went on to rattle off a list of other stars in her speech, including Bad Boy mogul Diddy, and shouted out her Young Money collective saying, “This is not a rap group, this is my family.”
She wrapped up her speech by shouting out BET Awards host Queen Latifah and thanking her for all the “positive energy” the Hollywood Jill-of-all-trades gave her before the show. Then, in what could be interpreted as a subtle nod to all of the drama between Minaj and fellow Best Female Hip-Hop Artist nominee Lil’ Kim, Minaj called for more love among the ladies. “I think it’s so important right now for positive energy among women,” she said. “I’m fighting for women.” And just so there’s no ambiguity in the future, she closed her speech by paying tribute to her female predecessors in hip-hop: “Thank you to all the female rappers that paved the way for me.”