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Female rapper, singer, model & actress from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, named ONIKA TANYA MARAJ but popular as Nicki Minaj was born in Saint James, port of Spain and raised in Queens, New York City . USA. DOB is Dec 8, 1982. She’s signed to Young Money entertainment since 2009 and has gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes play time is over in 2007, sucka free in 2008 and Beam me up scooty in 2009.

In 2011, Billboard named Nicki Minaj the rising star. Nicki Minaj has established herself as a force to reckon with in the hip-hop and pop music and we’re thrilled to recognize her accomplishments over the past year by honoring her as this year’s Rising Star,” Bill Werde, Billboard’s Editorial Director said.

In 2019, Nicki Minaj was awarded the “game changer” award by Billboard at 2019’s Billboard Women In Music awards after becoming the first and only woman to earn 100 appearances on the Billboard hot 200. Billboard’s Women In Music is an annual event to celebrate influential women from across the music industry and the impact they’ve made.

Nicki minaj was interviewed for the award,and was asked how she thought she changed the female rap game, she said; “I had an approach that had a lot of different layers.I first got the underground market and  my hometown on lock.Then I gradually worked my way up.One of the things that I used to my advantage was my ability to switch my flow and be entertaining on a track. Even before I was doing music, I loved looking at magazines to see who was setting trends.

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