Nicki Minaj named Billboard's Rising Star

Nicki Minaj has picked up another major accolade - she has been named Billboard's Rising Star for 2011.

The hip-hop star will be presented with the award at the Billboard Women in Music Event on 2 December (11) in New York.

The Super Bass hitmaker says, "I am deeply honored to be recognized by Billboard. My nation of barbz (fans) and I have come a mighty long way; yet we are nowhere close to where God will take us. Sit back and enjoy the ride."