Nicki Minaj is known for her powerful lyrical skills, but she delivered an inspiring rendition of Maya Angelou's beloved poem “Still I Rise” at A&E Network’s benefit concert, Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, on Wednesday (Nov. 18).

The star-studded event brought out several music superstars, including Pharrell Williams, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Sia, Miguel and others, as they help to spread awareness of racial injustice and raise money for the United Way.

Angelou’s beloved poem is from her 1978 book, And Still I Rise, in which the late author addresses issues of racism, misogyny and sexism. Minaj was the perfect artist to read the poem. Throughout her career, the 32-year-old rhymer has been unapologetic about expressing her sexuality and power in an industry that's marred in misogyny at times.

“Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise, that I dance like I’ve got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs,” she recites in front of a cheering crowd.

Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America will air on A&E on Friday (Nov. 20) at 8PM ET.

Watch Nicki Minaj's reading of Maya Angelou's poem above.

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