Nicki Minaj reveals at BET Awards: 'I really thought I was about to die'

Nicki Minaj revealed she was on the verge of death recently and the bad experience urged her to live life to the fullest.

The rapper shared the shocking news with audiences at the BET Awards in California on Sunday, telling the crowds that she fully expecting to pass away not long before she graced the ceremony created to celebrate entertainment in black culture.


Nicki Minaj

"The other day, literally I didn't tell anybody this, I really thought I was about to die,” she said at the star-studded gathering. “I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn't even want to call the ambulance,” she explained adding that if she did it would end up on television and internet news channels.

Nicki continued to be vague about exactly what was wrong with her health as she continued her acceptance speech in front of celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lionel Richie.

"And I would rather sit there and die. And it made me realise I don't care what anybody got to say. I'm going to do me," she unexpectedly added.

Nicki, 31, was speaking after she won her fifth trophy for Best Female Hip Hop Artist in row at the event, which was hosted by comedian Chris Rock this year.

Beyoncé Knowles and Pharrell Williams were the big winners on the night, with both acts taking home two prizes each.

The shows airs in the UK 1 July 9pm on BET.

Pharrell Williams

Full winners list:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé

Best Male R&B/Pop Artsist: Pharrell Williams

Best Group: Young Money

Best Collaboration: Drunk in Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Video Of The Year: Happy – Pharrell Williams

Video Director Of The Year: Hype Williams

Best New Artist: August Alsina

Best Gospel Artist: Tamela Mann Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor YoungStars Award: Keke Palmer

Best Movie: 12 Years a Slave

Subway Sportswoman Of The Year: Serena Williams

Subway Sportsman Of The Year: Kevin Durant

Centric Award: Jhene Aiko

Best International Act: Africa Davido (Nigeria) Best International Act: IK Krept & Konan

Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award: August Alsina

Chris Rock