Nicki Minaj overcame obstacles.
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9. Nicki Minaj overcame obstacles.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki moved to America at a very young age and grew up in a poverty-stricken area of New York. In a 2002 interview with ContactMusic, she said: "I never want to go back to being poor. Once you have a taste of that, you will always be driven. I know what that felt like, and I don’t want to feel it ever again. So yeah, I mean, my childhood was crazy, but it got me to the point where I had so much faith in whatever I was doing." Picture: Getty