- Nicki Minaj received the Game-Changer Award at the 2019 Billboard Women in Music ceremony
- Nicki paid tribute to fellow rapper, Juice WRLD, who passed away on Sunday
- Juice WRLD was only 21 years old when he died
Rapper Nicki Minaj won the Game-Changer Award at the 2019 Billboard Women in Music ceremony.
The awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles last night.
In her speech, the Anaconda hit-maker paid tribute to Juice WRLD.
Briefly.co.za reported that the young rapper died after swallowing a large amount of drugs on Sunday.
He was allegedly attempting to hide the pills from police who had been summoned to search his private jet.
Nicki was handed her award by up-and-coming songstress Normani.
In her speech, Nicki made sure to thank Juice WRLD for being a good friend to her when they toured together.
She said, "He held my hand and told me to stay calm and pray."
"I was shocked that he told me that, but right there in that moment, I did feel calm and wondered, 'Hm, what am I actually worried about?'"
Nicki touched on how hard it is for addicts to face their daily struggles in the face of judgement from others.
She said, "It's important not to pass judgement so people aren't ashamed to speak out and ask for help."
"I just came here tonight to ask people to be a little more forgiving and understanding, especially with entertainers. We can't have a bad day."
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