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Nicki Minaj is celebrating her 33rd birthday today (8 December 2015) REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Hip hop's reigning queen is celebrating her 33rd birthday on 8 December. After a year of hard work and success in equal measure, Nicki Minaj will no doubt mark her special day in style.

Coinciding with her birthday, the YMCMB star was honoured by VH1 and Entertainment Weekly for her achievements throughout 2015. Minaj used her acceptance speech celebrating female empowerment, telling the audience: "I've never met a woman that I couldn't relate to, ever, and I hope that if I inspire a woman to do anything it's just to never take no for an answer.

"No matter what field you're in, go after your biggest dream. Do not settle. Do not allow people to tell you that you can't do anything you put your mind to."

Minaj has certainly put her mind to a lot over the past five years. Chart-topping albums and a high-grossing tour have placed the Anaconda rapper as one of the biggest entertainers in music. In celebration of her birthday, IBTimes UK takes a look at Minaj's career in numbers so far...

1: Minaj has one chart-topping album in the UK with 2012's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded taking the top spot. She also has one UK number one single, Bang Bang, which also featured Jessie J and Ariana Grande.

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Nicki Minaj's 2012 album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is her only number one album in the UK Young Money/Cash Money

2: Movies she has starred in – 2012's Ice Age: Continental Drift and 2014's The Other Woman.

4: Top five singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, including Super Bass, Starships and Anaconda.

6: Consecutive years she has won BET's best female hip hop artist award.

8: Months Minaj and boyfriend Meek Mill have been officially dating.

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Beyonce is one of the many artists Nicki Minaj has collaborated with over the last five years Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for TIDAL

189: Collaborative songs she has recorded – that we know of at least – with a range of artists including Beyonce, Chris Brown, Kanye West and Meek Mill.

3.4 million: Total number of albums Minaj sold in the US as of March.

$13m: Amount Minaj's The Pinkprint tour grossed from its North American dates.

$70m: Minaj's estimated net worth.