At Billboard's Women in Music event this weekend, Nicki Minaj was named as a Rising Star of 2011. Nicki took to the stage to accept the award and say a few things, and she couldn't hold back the emotions when she started talking about her fans. 

"I call them my Barbz," Nicki said, as tears started to form. "I know they're not in here today, but I know they'll hear me say this. Barbz, I love you so much for being by my side for such a long time."

[via YoungMoney]