Nicki Minaj Honors Juice WRLD During Billboard Women In Music Speech

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The leader of the Barbz paid homage to her former tourmate.

(AllHipHop News) Nicki Minaj was presented with the Game-Changer Award at the Billboard Women in Music 2019 event. While accepting the trophy, Minaj honored the late Juice WRLD. 

Earlier this year, Juice WRLD opened for the Queen album creator on "The Nicki Wrld Tour" in Europe. She called the "Lucid Dreams" rapper a "kindred spirit."

"I know this is a Women in Music night, and I'm honored to be in the presence of all these women," said Minaj. "But it doesn't feel comfortable to talk about me when someone so important to our culture died."

Juice WRLD (born Jarad Higgins) passed away on December 8. An official autopsy was inconclusive, but it has been reported that the 21-year-old Chicago native swallowed multiple Percocet pills when law enforcement officers began searching his private jet at Midway International Airport.

"I want to tell people drugs [aren't] the problem, it's the way we fix our problem. So it's important that we don't pass judgment so people aren't ashamed to speak out and ask for help," said Minaj. 

The Queen Radio host added, "I just came here tonight to ask people to be a little more forgiving and understanding, especially with entertainers. We can't have a bad day."