NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic recording artist and 21st century diva extraordinaire Nicki Minaj was crowned "Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist" at the 39th annual 2011 American Music Awards and her critically acclaimed, platinum-selling debut, Pink Friday, was named "Favorite Rap/Hip Hop album". These two awards mark her first AMA wins.
Red hot from the ceremony, MINAJ has also received 4 Grammy Award nominations in the categories of "Best New Artist", "Best Rap Performance" ["Moment 4 Life" Featuring Drake], "Best Rap Album" [Pink Friday], and "Album of the Year" [Loud/ Rihanna].
The American Music Awards was a memorable night all around for Minaj. She opened up the show with an elegantly explosive collaboration with David Guetta on "Turn Me On". Minaj lit up the stage with uncontainable sexy swagger and her impressive, irresistible delivery. After her win, she tweeted, "I have come a long way. God is good!"
The performance simply continued her tradition of head-turning appearances. Recently, she lit up the stage at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show alongside Maroon 5, Kanye West, and a bevy of the world's top models showcasing new styles.
However, with 4 Grammy Award nominations, Minaj isn't stopping any time soon, and you can expect her to continue flipping the game upside down in 2012. Right now, she's in the process of readying her follow-up to Pink Friday for release early next year, and she's bound to remain everyone's "favourite".
Nicki Minaj was named a Breakout Star by Entertainment Weekly, Rookie of the Year by Spin Magazine and the 2010 Myspace Artist of the Year. Her popularity is infectious. Nicki has almost 2.5 million Twitter followers and her website MyPinkFriday.com attracts over 4 million page views per month.
Pink Friday combines Nicki Minaj’s capacity for creativity, an innate sense of artistry and her ferocious set of skills. She was already a bona fide star before Pink Friday was released, but Nicki Minaj is no ordinary rapper. Nicki’s first single “Young Love” hit number one on the Billboard rap charts, a feat last achieved by a female hip-hop artist in 2003. She’s still wowing fans with her fiery verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” alongside Jay-Z. Nicki Minaj added a potent feminine touch to Ludacris’ radio and club smash “My Chick Bad.” Her infectious, standout appearances alongside Lil Wayne (“Knockout”), Usher (“Lil Freak”), Robin Thicke (“Shakin’ It 4 Daddy,”), Sean Kingston (“Letting Go”), Christina Aguilera (“WooHoo”) and as a member Young Money among many others, have catapulted the Queens, New York entertainer to the top of the game. Nicki Minaj hosted BET's Rip the Runway 2010 and pulled in the highest ratings ever for the show setting the stage for a performance on the 2010 BET Awards where she took home trophies for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, and for Best Group as a key member of the super-group Young Money.
About Cash Money Records
Emerged as a regional hip-hop force in the mid-‘90s, Cash Money excelled throughout the next decade as one of hip-hop's most successful entrepreneurial urban empires. The influential label reigned as one of the top selling imprints again in 2008-2009 as the home base and strategic arsenal for best selling artist of the year - Lil Wayne. Originally forged in the Magnolia housing projects of New Orleans where brothers' and Cash Money founders/Co-CEOs Bryan Williams and Ronald 'Slim' Williams first earned their street reps, the multi-platform imprint (which includes hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment) has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide. One of hip-hop’s most enduring global street brands, Cash Money/Young Money has been responsible for more than a dozen gold/platinum artists; more than two dozen gold and/or platinum records, rolling out award winning albums, videos, and digital content by a diverse range of artists including Juvenile, B.G., Turk, Hot Boys, Big Tymers (featuring, among others, Bryan “Birdman” Williams himself,) Jay Sean, Kevin Rudolf. Nicki Minaj, Drake and much-heralded franchise star Lil Wayne.
About Universal Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Universal Republic is home to a diverse array of superstar artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, 3 Doors Down, Colbie Caillat, Eddie Vedder, Godsmack, Hinder, Owl City, The Rolling Stones, The Voice (Javier Colon, Dia Frampton), among many others.
It is also comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures such as Republic Nashville Records (The Band Perry), and is in partnerships with Aware Records (Mat Kearney), Big Machine (Taylor Swift), Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G Love), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj) Lava Records (Jesse J, Black Veil Brides), SRC (Akon, Melanie Fiona, Shontelle), Tuff Gong (Damien Marley, Stephen Marley) among others.