Nicki Minaj Crowned as Billboard’s ‘Rising Star’ of 2011
Billboard honored the Female Weezy following a whirlwind year. Her album, 'Pink Friday,' sold 1.6 million copies and was the first album by a female hip-hop artist to top the Billboard 200 chart in a decade. Her single, 'Super Bass,' hit No. 3 and inspired an adorable viral sensation. Add that to her Femme Fatale tour with Britney Spears and her cameos on singles for countless other artists and it's easy to see that Minaj more than earned her title.
"I am deeply honored to be recognized by Billboard," Minaj told the mag in a statement. "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."