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The 'Super Bass' hitmaker stunned the audience at the BET Awards last night (29.06.14) with her revelation as she picked up the prize for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and claimed that, despite her health scare, she didn't want to ask for help in case it became public.
She said: ''The other day, literally, I didn't tell anybody this, I really thought I was about to die. Like, I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn't even wanna call the ambulance because I thought, 'Well, if I call an ambulance, it's gonna be on TMZ.'''
The rapper then broke the tension with a smile and added: ''And it made me realise, I don't care anymore what anybody gotta say. I'mma do me! I'mma do me!'' The 'Pills N Potions' rapper went on to make an apparent slight against fellow nominee Iggy Azalea by stressing that she writes all her own material.
She said: ''My point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj, is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it. No shade.'' Elsewhere at the ceremony - which was hosted by Chris Rock and took place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles - Beyonce won three awards, but was not at the ceremony to pick up her 2014 FANdemonium award, Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Best Collaboration for 'Drunk in Love' with husband Jay Z - while Pharrell Williams and August Alsina each took home two trophies.
Pharrell - who kicked off the event with a performance of 'Come Get It Bae' with Missy Elliott - took home Best Male R&B/ Pop Artist and Best Video for 'Happy', while August won Viewers Choice Award for 'I Luv This','' his collaboration with Trinidad James. Picking up the first award, he said: ''I represent the struggle.
This award is not for me, it's for the people.'' '12 Years a Slave' swept the board in the movie category, taking Best Movie and Best Actor and Actress for stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o. Lionel Richie was honoured with a lifetime achievement award. Other performers at the ceremony - which were established by the Black Entertainment Television network to recognise the achievements of African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment - included John Legend, Chris Brown, and Robin Thicke.
BET Awards 2014 List of Winners: Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Pharrell Williams Best Collaboration: Beyoncé featuring Jay Z - 'Drunk In Love' Best Movie: '12 Years a Slave' Best Actress: Lupita Nyong'o Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor Video of the Year: Pharrell Williams - 'Happy' Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj Best Group: Young Money Subway Sportsman of the Year: Kevin Durant Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams Best Gospel Artist: Tamela Mann Best New Artist: August Alsina YoungStars Award: KeKe Palmer Centric Award: Jhené Aiko - ''The Worst'' Best International Act: UK Krept & Konan Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams Best International Act: Africa: Davido (Nigeria) FANdemonium award: Beyonce Lifetime Achievement: Lionel Richie