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Bajan singer Rihanna with Nicki Minaj’s mother at the 2015 BET Awards. (Instagram image/Nicki Minaj)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 29, 2015: Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj last night took home the award for Best Female Hip-Hop artist for the sixth year in a row at the BET Awards. But the highlight of the moment was when she took her mother on stage with her to share the moment.

“This is my mommy and it’s the first time the world is getting to see her,” the “Anaconda” singer said. “And Mommy, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for me. I love you so much.”

Carol Maraj and her daughter both wore matching color dresses. She walked the red carpet with her Nicki in a matching skin-tight black ensemble that had a thigh-high slit.

Then Minaj posted a cute picture of her mom posing with Bajan star Rihanna on her Instagram page. “Mommy and Rhi,” she captioned the snap.

The attendance by Maraj came on the heels of her telling Essence recently that she had hoped Nicki would have a gospel singer but she’s still proud of her daughter’s success.

“If I had my way, she’d be singing gospel or something, but I wanted her to be whatever she wanted to be. I support her in whatever she would like to be,” she wrote.  “I always tell my children to persevere. If they keep pressing toward what they want, it’s going to happen. A superstar needs to be in touch with their gifts. There’s a certain measure of humility that they must keep as they go forward.”

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