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Nicki Minaj Wins Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Album and Top Streaming Artist at 2013 Billboard Music Awards

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Nicki Minaj was the first winner at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas Sunday night (May 19). The Young Money star won the Top Rap Artist award.

Before the awards telecast began, the Queen Barb received some honors — the Top Streaming Artist trophy and the Top Rap Album award for her album, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.’

During her acceptance speech, a curly blonde-haired Minaj graced the stage in a red flowing gown and seemed to be in shock that her name was called.

At the podium, Minaj thanked her label, management, her boo Safaree, and more importantly, her fans (aka the Barbz). “Oh wow! I definitely didn’t expect this one,” she told the audience. “I would like to thank Billboard for having me, recognizing me and allowing to me to perform tonight.”

“I want to thank my fans,” she continued. “Barbz, I love you. Without you this wouldn’t be possible. I appreciate your support and constant…reminder that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Cash Money Young Money, I love you guys.”

Nicki Minaj will perform later tonight on the show.

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