This year has been a great one for Nicki Minaj. Since releasing her platinum selling,debut album Pink Friday,Nicki has enjoyed massive success. She’s had a slew of hit songs. She has toured all around the planet. Increased her fanbase to an astronomical level and in the process of that started a lipstick line and picked up 2 American Music Awards. Now to add to how great she’s been doing this year,Billboard is giving her the rising star award. This is an award given to a relatively new(to most people) artist that has come out of seemingly nowhere and shot up the charts like crazy. She’ll be receiving this award during the Women in Music luncheon next Friday. Past recipients of this award include Jazmine Sullivan and Lady Gaga. Oh and Nicki is only a couple of months away from releasing her follow up to Pink Friday. Click on the photo below to find out when.