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Nicki Minaj Advocates For Mental Health Check For Musicians At MTV VMAs

Nicki Minaj used her moment at the MTV Video Music Awards, to advocate for mental health across the entertainment industry.

Nicki Minaj used her moment at the MTV Video Music Awards, to advocate for mental health across the entertainment industry.
Nicki Minaj

In the event which was held on Sunday August 29th saw the “Super Bass” rapper receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Members of her fan club, widely known as the “Barbz,” presented the award to the “reigning queen of hip hop.” During her speech, however, she took the time to thank the “key people” who inspire her like Lil Wayne and JAY-Z  , and those who gave her “huge opportunities” like Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and more.

Then, Minaj, 39, turned the conversation over to mental health, beginning with, “I wish Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were still here.”

“I wish that people understood what they meant and what they were going through. Wish people took mental health seriously, even for the people who we think have perfect lives. I wish Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD and Nipsey Hussle were here.”

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She then paid tribute to people in her life, “RIP Daddy, my cousin Richard and my business manager Angela who I never got to say rest in peace to publicly.”

She concluded her speech by thanking the Barbz and gave a little shoutout to her 23-month-old son, nicknamed “Papa Bear,” whom she welcomed in September 2020 with husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty.

Before accepting the award, she delivered a crowd-pleasing performance of some of her greatest hits including “All Things Go,” “Roman’s Revenge,” “Monster,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Chun-Li,” “Moment 4 Life,” “Super Bass,” “Anaconda” and “Super Freaky Girl.”

She lit up the stage in true Barb fashion and had the crowd standing and singing along. Even Taylor Swift encouraged a standing ovation as Minaj’s performance wrapped.

Minaj joins an esteemed list of previous recipients that includes Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J and Missy Elliott.

Watch Nicki Minaj’s performance at the MTV VMAs below

 

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