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Nicki Minaj honored by Billboard as rising star

Promotional photograph of Nicki Minaj from her official website, MyPinkFriday.com. (Photo courtesy of Nicki Minaj's official website, MyPinkFriday.com.)

November 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Billboard is honoring Nicki Minaj as its rising star of 2011.

Minaj will be honored at Billboard's "Women in Music" event on Dec. 2.

The rapper and singer said she's "deeply honored to be recognized by Billboard."

Minaj has become very popular with hits, such as "Super Bass" and "Moment 4 Life." Her debut album, "Pink Friday," was released late last year.