Hard work has always been appreciated and Nicki Minaj has set an example of it. American singer Minaj has been named as the Billboard’s Rising Star of 2011. Along with Minaj, singer Taylor Swift has been named as the Billboard’s Woman of The Year.

Both the phenomenal singers would be receiving their awards at the sixth annual Woman in Music Event that would be held in New York on December 2, 2011. Minaj in a statement said that she is deeply honored to be recognized by Billboard and that her nation of Barbz and she has come a long way.

Nicki added that she is still no where to where God would take them. It has been a magical year for the rapper after the release of her album ‘Pink Friday’ in November 2010.

Minaj has also managed to break records, release a string of hit singles and toured with pop royalty. The rapper even claimed two awards at the American Music Awards for Facorite Hip/hop artist and Favorite Rap Album. The editorial director of Billboard, Bill Werde, said that Minaj has established herself as a force in hip hop music and that they were thrilled to recognize her achievements over the past year by honoring her as this year’s Rising Star.

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