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Iggy Azalea Pays Tribute to 'Woman I Owe My Career To' at Women in Music 2014

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Iggy Azalea for Billboard photographed by Miller Mobley on April 2, 2014 at Drift Studios in New York.

Although Iggy Azalea was on hand to accept the honor for Women in Music's 2014 Chart-Topper on Friday afternoon in New York, the Australian rapper turned the spotlight on another woman during her acceptance speech. According to Iggy, Sarah Sennett -- the CEO of her management company -- is the women she owes her career to.

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"I had a rocky start in the music business," Azalea stated bluntly. "I thought I was going to get this massive record deal, and then I didn't. And I thought my life and career was over -- no one would return my phone calls."

Azalea said a sit-down with Sarah Sennett changed everything. "Sarah heard my story and she said, 'That's terrible, I can't let that happen to you.' Without her, I would probably have no career at all. She single-handedly convinced everyone in this room to take a chance on me."

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In her introduction to Iggy, Sennett shared an interesting tidbit about the rapper: "She's a wonderful painter." Consider our curiousity piqued.