Nicki Minaj Makes History as the First Female Rapper to Win 'Best US Act' at MTV EMAs

The rap superstar beat out Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, SZA and Taylor Swift for the coveted award.

2023 MTV Video Music Awards - Show
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Nicki Minaj has added another achievement to her impressive resume. The Trinidadian-born rapper became the first female rapper in history to win the 'Best US Act' award at the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards, which were announced on Sunday, November 5.

Minaj, who has been nominated for the award six times since 2012, finally took home the trophy this year, beating out fellow nominees Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, SZA and Taylor Swift. She also won the 'Best Hip-Hop' award for the fourth time, tying with Eminem for the most wins in that category.

Minaj expressed her gratitude to her fans, known as the Barbz, on social media, writing:

"Thank you so much to my fans all around the world. I love you guys so much. You have no idea how much this means to me. Thank you to MTV for always supporting me and my music. I'm so honored and humbled by this recognition. Best US Act and Best Hip-Hop Wow. God is good."

Minaj has been having a successful year despite some controversies. She collaborated with BIA on the remix of 'Whole Lotta Money', which peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and with Karol G on 'Tusa', which won three Latin American Music Awards, including 'Song of the Year'.

Minaj, who has won 12 MTV EMAs in total, is one of the most influential and acclaimed female rappers of all time. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has also received numerous accolades, including six American Music Awards, 12 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two Billboard Women in Music Awards, a Brit Award, and three Guinness World Records.