The two Hip Hop icons exchanged heartfelt praise for one another.
“Nicki has broken barriers for women in Hip Hop with her versatility and creative artistry,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events, Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+. “She has shifted the music industry and cemented her status as a global superstar with her crossover appeal, genre-defying style and continuing to be unapologetically ‘Nicki’.”
Minaj will join other Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award recipients like Janet Jackson, Madonna, LL Coool J, and Missy Elliott. The latter even gave her a shout-out on Twitter by writing, “Congratulations to @NICKIMINAJ on this achievement [clapping emoji][celebration emoji].” It was a brief mention that tugged at Minaj’s heartstrings. The rapper told her fellow music legend that she “kicked down the door” before adding, “Nothing but Love & Respect for your iconic artistry.”
Make sure to tune into the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28.
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) August 8, 2022