Nicki Minaj has been awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award! The award was presented to the 39-year-old rapper "Super Bass" at

the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards held on Sunday, August 28th at the Prudential Center Newark, N.J.

Mental Health MTV VMAs 2022

Nicki began her acceptance speech by thanking the "key people", including Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, 

Mental Health MTV VMAs 2022

before thanking her famous friends, Kanye West and Beyonce for their "huge opportunities" throughout the course of her career.

Nicki stated, "I wish Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson could still be here." "I wish people understood what they meant, and what they were going through.

I wish that people would take mental health seriously, even for people we consider to be perfect. I wish Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD and Nipsey Hussie were still around.

She paid tribute to those in her life: "RIP Daddy", Richard, her cousin, and Angela, my business manager. Angela was the only one I got to say my final farewells publicly.

Nickiclosed her acceptance speech by saying thank you to her fans, aka the "Barbs", and giving a sweet shout out to her 23-month old son "Papa Bear".