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Nicki Minaj beat out Jay-Z, Kanye West and mentor, Lil Wayne for the Best Hip Hop album at the 2011 American Music Awards! The Barb thanked her mother, Lil Wayne and every female rapper–past, present and future, especially acknowledging Queen Latifah.

As Nicki almost cried giving thanks, she plugged the fact that her mother is planning to do a Gospel album.

Congrats Nicki!

2011 American Music Awards Red Carpet Photos

Watch Nicki’s performance, here!