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Nicki Minaj Wins Early at Inaugural MTV O Music Awards

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Nicki Minaj was an early winner at the inaugural MTV O Music Awards, the network’s new awards honoring musicians and their online presence in categories like NSFW Music Video, Best iTunes LP and Must Follow Artist on Twitter.

Minaj won in the Favorite Animated GIF — a graphic image that moves — category where she was nominated alongside eight others including 50 Cent, Lady Gaga and Whitney Houston. The GIF features Minaj twirling a swab of pink bubble gum on her finger.

This was one of four awards Minaj was up for at the first-ever O Music Awards. She is also nominated in the Must Follow Artist on Twitter, Fan Army FTW and Favorite F— Yeah Tumblr categories, the latter which she lost to Adam Lambert. The ‘American Idol’ contestant beat out other tumblrs dedicated to Beyonce, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Kayne West, Lady Gaga, Trey Songz, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Janelle Monae and Britney Spears. And in a surprise win, relatively-unnkown musician Andy Grammer nabbed the accolade for Most Innovative Video with his ‘Keep You Head Up‘ music video, beating out big name acts like Arcade Fire, OK Go and Robyn.

The rest of the awards will be given out on Thursday night in Las Vegas. To check out the innovative categories head to O Music Awards website.

Watch Nicki Minaj’s ‘Check It Out’ feat.
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