You Don’t Need Another Reason to Salute Nicki Minaj, But We’re Giving You One

Stand up, troops.

VH1 Big In 2015 With Entertainment Weekly just got a little bigger. In addition to trailblazers Taraji P. Henson, Amy Schumer, the Straight Outta Compton cast and Elizabeth Banks, rap goddess Nicki Minaj has been added to the bill of honorees.

Let’s revisit Nicki’s 2015 slay real quick. Ms. Minaj not only destroyed the Billboard charts with The Pinkprint, but she made history with her amount of record-breaking hits this year. And we’ll have none other than hip-hop royalty Queen Latifah to present Nicki with her honor.

Don’t miss these icons and all of 2015’s biggest entertainers on one stage Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on VH1, and check out the press release below for more info.

Los Angeles, CA (November 13, 2015) – Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum superstar Nicki Minaj has been named as an honoree at the “VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly” party, which premieres Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on VH1. On that night, VH1 and Entertainment Weekly, the brands that help define pop culture, are teaming up to toast and roast the people who entertained us the most all year long.

Nicki Minaj will be presented with the “Big In 2015” honor by Oscar and Emmy Award-nominated actress and Hip Hop icon, Queen Latifah. Minaj and the other honorees will be celebrated that evening by the people who know them best. She joins previously announced honorees Amy Schumer and “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson, Elizabeth Banks and the breakout cast from the most successful music biopic of all time, “Straight Outta Compton” — O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell.

Additional presenters and talent will be announced after the taping on Sunday, November 15, at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

The evening’s honorees are also featured in Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year issue, on sale nationwide November 24, 2015.

A decade after VH1 created the pop culture awards show with the “Big In… Awards,” “VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly” marks the return of the franchise, which celebrates the biggest moments and people in entertainment with a star-studded special with A-List talent and their complete “squads” in tow.

About Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj continues to break records and impact pop culture at large. Her critically lauded and third full length, platinum album The Pinkprint arrived at the top of the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, cementing her as rap’s reigning queen. Nicki Minaj recently made history, simultaneously occupying four top 10 spots on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart and becoming the first female artist to achieve the feat. Minaj also has the most hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart of any female rapper in history and is #3 among all female artists on the chart only behind Aretha Franklin and Taylor Swift. Minaj stands at the top of the pop vanguard. To date, the global superstar has sold over 50 million singles worldwide and has the highest digital sales of any female artist in history (solo and featured). Minaj has also been the recipient of a bevy of awards including American Music Awards, MTV VMA’s, Billboard Awards, People’s Choice Awards, BET Awards & many others.
A global touring phenomenon, Minaj has sold out iconic venues including London’s O2 Arena, Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena, The Staples Center in Los Angeles, and many more. Outside of music, Nicki Minaj has starred in films including Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Other Woman in addition to judging American Idol. She’ll also take the screen alongside Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer, starring in 2016’s Barbershop 3.
The “VH1 Big In 2015 With Entertainment Weekly” venue will sparkle with the irreverent sensibilities of a friendly roast by the entertainers’ “squads” and the celebratory spirit of a year-end blowout. No seat fillers here — celebrity friends will fill the venue for a collegial environment where the Entertainers of the Year can truly feel at home while viewers get an intimate look inside the real lives of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
Join the conversation on Twitter with @VH1 and @VH1Celebrity using #BIGin2015. For additional updates, ’LIKE’ VH1 and VH1 Celebrity on Facebook, or go to BigIn2015.vh1.com.

Official sponsors of “VH1 Big In 2015 With Entertainment Weekly” include Cheerios™ and M&Ms®.

“VH1 BIG IN 2015 with Entertainment Weekly” will be produced by Den of Thieves. Executive producers include Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Chris Choun and Co-Executive Producer is Barb Bialkowski. Executive Producers for VH1 are Amy Doyle and Ryan Kroft. Executive in Charge of Production for VH1 is Joe Buoye. Executive Producers for Entertainment Weekly are Rich Battista, Jess Cagle, Henry Goldblatt, and Sean Smith.

ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Entertainment Weekly is your all-access pass to Hollywood’s most creative minds and most fascinating stars. The magazine was launched by Time Inc. in 1990 and is America’s leading consumer publication in the entertainment category, with a guaranteed circulation rate base of nearly 1.8 million and a combined audience of almost 27 million loyal, engaged fans. Each day, EW.compublishes a myriad of featured stories, blog posts, TV-recaps, original videos, film reviews and photo galleries. In April 2015, the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network reached #1 in its competitive set with 56.4 million unique visitors and during the same month, EW.com desktop, tablet and mobile growth hit an all-time high of 19.9 million combined unique visitors. Entertainment Weekly is the first to know about the best in entertainment. With sharp insight, unparalleled access and a trusted voice, EW keeps readers plugged into pop culture. This is where the buzz begins.

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ABOUT VH1
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