Some stars play it safe, but the winner of our Best Trendsetter award isn't afraid to take risks when it comes to beauty — and she has legions of "Barbies" following her every move. Nicki Minaj roared out of obscurity to become one of the world's best-known pop stars, and she's known for her style almost as much as for her rhymes. Watch now to see why she blew us away, and don't forget to vote in our readers' choice category to select the Most Inspirational winner.View Transcript »
We cover beauty trends all year long, and one name keeps popping up over and over again. She doesn't shy away from bold color, she hasn't met a wig she doesn't like, and she might be a controversial choice. But our trendsetter award goes to Nicki Minaj. Some stars play it safe, but for Nicki Minaj, the more over the top, the better. Whether you' re a big fan of her style or you're not sure what to think of her look, you can't deny that her wild makeup and crazy hairstyle have had everybody talking. Her signature pink lips, bold nail art, and bright wigs are classic Nicki. And believe it or not, those are some of her tamer looks. It's obvious that she has a lot of fun thinking up her next big look. Some people were shocked by her Grammy get-up. She took a note from Cleopatra at the Super Bowl. And if you needed any proof that she's being taken She sat front row Carolina Herrera with Anna Wintour. Not to mention a performance at the Victoria's Secret fashion show. Now not only can you admire Nicki, you can also get the look. She's created a nail polish line with OPI, so you can recreate the nail art look that has made her famous. She's using her popularity for good, too. Along with Ricky Martin, she's starring in Max Viva Glam lipstick campaign, it's set to raise millions of dollars to help people living with HIV AIDS. Because everything from her lips to her fingertips influences millions of people around the [xx]. Nicki Minaj is this years trend setter. Be sure to keep watching the bella sugar beauty awards to discover all of our winners this year.