Nicki Minaj Steals the Show with BET Awards Acceptance Speech

Nicki Minaj

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updated 06/30/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 06/30/2014 AT 1:35 PM ET

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Nicki Minaj took home her fifth straight BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist on Sunday night, but it s her impassioned acceptance speech that really stole the show.

“You guys, this is always very, very emotional for me because this is my fifth year winning this award and I don’t take it for granted, I really don’t,” she said. “I thank God that I’ve been placed in a position to do something and represent women in a culture that is so male-driven.”

The 31-year-old MC then turned on the sass, flipping her hair as she levied what many are calling a diss at her fellow nominee Iggy Azalea – though she insisted she was throwing “no shade.”

“My point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” she told the crowd.

The “Pills n Potions” rapper also surprised the audience with a confession, admitting she found herself close to death but didn’t want to call an ambulance out of fear she d wind up on gossip website TMZ.

“And it made me realize, I don’t care what anybody got to say. I’m going to do me,” she said. “And I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity.”

For the full clip of Minaj’s electric speech, watch the video below.


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