Nicki Minaj Wins Big at BET Hip-Hop Awards

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The 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards took place last night in Atlanta, and MTV News reports that Nicki Minaj continued her hot streak by picking up three trophies: Rookie of the Year, People's Champ and the Made You Look award, bestowed for her unforgettable fashions.

"I'm paving the way for girls," she said. "I wanna thank all the girls of hip-hop."

Although he was absent from the ceremony, Jay-Z also picked up three awards: Best Live Performer, Perfect Combo (for his Alicia Keys duet "Empire State of Mind"), CD of the Year (for 'The Blueprint 3').

The ladies of Salt-N-Pepa were recipients of the I Am Hip-Hop Award.

The show opened with Rick Ross (who won two trophies during the evening), along with Diddy and DJ Khaled, performing his hit "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)." As the stars segued into "MC Hammer," the rapping led up to an appearance from MC Hammer himself -- who performed his classic "2 Legit 2 Quit."

B.o.B., Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey, Big Boi, Yelawolf, Soulja Boy Tell'em, J. Cole, Cali Swag District, Digital Underground, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame were among the other performers.

The awards, hosted by Mike Epps, will air Oct. 12 (8 p.m. EST).