Nicki Minaj: 1. Everyone else: 0. And we don’t see that tally changing any time soon.
During Sunday night’s BET Awards, Minaj predictably won the “Best Female Hip Hop Artist” award for the fifth year in the row. She faced little contention from the category’s other nominees—the likes of Eve, Angel Haze, and Charli Baltimore, who’ve either failed to have a commercial hit in years or have yet to rally a wave of support equivalent to that of Minaj’s Barbz. The trophy itself, though, wasn’t Ms. Maraj’s biggest coup.
“What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” the American Idol alum said during her acceptance speech, before “sipping tea,” à la Kermit the (highly-memed) frog. Though many perceived the punchline to be a jab at newcomer Iggy Azalea, it could have also been aimed at Minaj’s female and male peers who rely on ghostwriters to make it big in hip hop. Just to be clear, Azalea, who’s perched atop the Billboard Hot 100 on two different songs, reportedly has no writing credits on “Fancy,” “Change Your Life,” or boss T.I.’s “No Mediocre.” But that’s none of our business.
“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,” Minaj added. “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… I’m still one of the only emcees that’s out here spitting metaphors and making you think. And I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don’t. I don’t look at myself as a female rapper, because I know what I do.”
Of course Minaj playfully insisted that there was “no shade” in any of her remarks, and went on to praise BET and its eponymous awards for honoring authenticity. Still, Minaj managed to insert yet another eyebrow-raising point.
“The other day, literally—I didn’t tell anyone this—I really thought I was about to die. Like I was saying my prayers to die,” Minaj added. “And I didn’t even want to call the ambulance because I thought, ‘Well if I call the ambulance, it’s going to be on TMZ. And I would rather sit there and die. And it made me realize, I don’t care anymore what anybody [has to] say. I’m [going to] do me.”
If it involves any more of your natural woman realness, Ms. Minaj, we’ll be here for it.