Nicki Minaj decided that the BET Awards would be a great place to open up and share some personal stuff with her fans.
Having accepted her fifth win in a row for best female hip-hop artist, Minaj revealed that she recently had a scary near death experience:
“The other day, literally I didn’t tell anybody this, I really thought I was about to die. Like, I was saying my prayers to die. 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.'”
Her comments clearly tickled the audience, which laughed en-masse, waiting with bated breath for her to continue: “And I would rather sit there and die,” she added, looking to the crowd. “And it made me realize I don’t care what anybody got to say. I’m going to do me,” she shared.
Her revelations struck some people as a little strange; after all, this was the BET Awards, not a group therapy session. Nevertheless, Nicki Minaj’s fans, as well as the media, were thrilled that she decided to share.
As well as winning best female artist, Minaj also won best group, along with Lil’ Wayne and Drake, performing her latest single “Pills N Potions.”
It’s no surprise that Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” won video of the year at the awards and he took the opportunity to thank his family and BET for their support: “(BET) allows us as black people to be different and do what we do. You guys keep the lights on for us.,” he said.
On top of best video, Pharrell also won best male R&B/pop artist and kicked off the BET Awards, to the delight of the crowd, with a great and original version of “Come Get It Bae,” featuring Missy Elliott.
The show was a great success, especially with host Chris Rock’s back-to back jokes about Donald Sterling. It also diverted attention from the stabbings, and a fatal shooting, which had taken place ahead of the show at unauthorized BET parties in L.A.
All the big names joined Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards, including Usher, Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, John Legend.The great Lionel Richie was also at the event, where he was the proud recipient of a lifetime achievement award.