Nicki Minaj just earned new bragging rights. The star, who’s having an incredible 2011 run, was presented the Rising Star Award at the seventh Annual Billboard Women in Music Awards in New York.

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“I am deeply honored to be recognized by Billboard…My nation of Barbz and I have come a mighty long way, yet we are nowhere close to where God will take us,” Nicki said while accepting the award. “Sit back and enjoy the ride.”

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She’s right about that one. Hip hop’s current leading lady is having a remarkable year. Nicki recently pulled a Best New Artist 2012 Grammy nod.

We’re rooting for you Nicki – girl power!

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