Nicki Minaj Shouts Out Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston at VMAs: ‘I Wish People Understood What They Were Going Thru”
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Nicki Minaj accepts the Gamechanger Award onstage during Billboard Women In Music 2019, presented by YouTube Music, on December 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Billboard)

Nicki Minaj was honored with the Video Vanguard Award at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, and while accepting her speech, she paid tribute to two of her heroes, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston.

Nicki thanked other artists who have been an inspiration to her, including Kanye, Rihanna, and Madonna. She then got serious about mental health.

“I wish that Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were here,” Minaj said. “I wish people understood what they were going through. I wish people took mental health seriously, even for those who seem to have perfect lives.”

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