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Nicki Minaj Calls Out Iggy Azalea at BET Awards

The rapper also revealed recent health scare that she chose not to report out of fear of tabloid media

Nicki Minaj speaks during the BET Awards at Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California.
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June 30, 2014 9:20 AM ET

Nicki Minaj made some barbed comments during her acceptance speech for her fifth consecutive win as Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards Sunday night that appeared to be directed toward Iggy Azalea.

After quasi-plugging her upcoming album The Pink Print, Minaj said, "What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it." Then she gestured in a way that seemed like she was locking her mouth and mugged at the audience. As the audience cheered, she said, "No, no, no, no, no shade," and smiled at Lil Wayne. The comment about writing her own verses seemed to address rumors that Azalea, who was nominated in the same category as Minaj, employed ghostwriters like T.I., according to Gawker.

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Minaj went on to tell a story about Lil Wayne making her perfect her verses in the studio. "I'm still one of the only MCs that's out here spitting metaphors and making you think," she said. "And I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don't."

Outside of her biting commentary, Minaj shared that she had a health scare that she did not report to the media. "The other day, literally – I didn't tell anyone this – I really thought I was about to die," she said. "Like I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn't even wanna call the ambulance because I thought, 'Well if I call the ambulance, it's gonna be on TMZ. And I would rather sit there and die...' And it made me realize, 'I don't care what anybody gotta say. I'ma do me.'"

Over the past few months, Minaj has been teasing The Pink Print, releasing a surreal video for the ballady "Pills N Potion" in early June. Although the album does not have an official release date, Minaj said at the award show that it would come out this year.

The award show also featured performances by Pharrell, Usher, Azalea, John Legend and Robin Thicke, who dedicated his new song "Forever Love" to estranged wife Paula Patton. "I miss you and I'm sorry," Thicke said, with the singer displaying a photo of the couple. Jay Z and Beyoncé closed out the show with a video performance of the remix to Beyonce's hit "Partition."

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