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Nicki Minaj surprises pint-sized superfans turned viral video stars on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' -- watch it here

Since posting a video on YouTube in mid-September, eight-year-old British schoolgirl Sophia Grace Brownlee has become a viral video star with her beyond-impressive rendition of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”

The clip, which also features Sophia’s 5-year-old cousin, Rosie, has already reached 7 million views and counting, landing the two little girls a spot on today’s Ellen. And let me just say, I loved everything about it.

Sophia and Rosie, decked out in their pink princess outfits(!) from the original video, chatted with Ellen about their love for Ms. Minaj and learning all those words to the famous tune — it only took them two days — and performed the song for the Ellen audience, before getting the surprise of their very young lives: an appearance by Minaj herself.

Watch the ensuing freakout below, and Nicki’s very wise advice to both girls: READ FULL STORY

Willow Smith teams up with Nicki Minaj for 'Fireball': Listen here!

Remember Willow Smith? Daughter of that guy from Wild Wild West and the singer from Wicked Wisdom? Of hair-whipping fame? After dropping her well-received first single “Whip My Hair,” Smith didn’t do anything for a while, probably because she had to prepare for a science fair or something. Then she unveiled “21st Century Girl,” which didn’t have the same kind of pop as “Whip My Hair” and didn’t receive nearly the attention of her first single. Was her journey to stardom over before it really got started?

Perhaps not. Yesterday, Smith’s third single made its way onto the radio. It’s called “Fireball,” and it’s a duet with Nicki Minaj, who certainly seems like an inspiration to Smith (at least in the hair department). Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day two: Lady Gaga takes over the show

Leave it to Lady Gaga to co-opt a music festival featuring dozens of top-line pop stars and make it her own.

The Lady appeared on stage as the final performer last night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and stayed on stage for well over an hour—much longer than any of the other acts. “They told me I was only allowed to play for 45 minutes,” she told the crowd. “But I think you’re all pretty drunk so you probably don’t know what time it is, do you?”

And it’s true: No one was complaining when she served up hit after hit, including “Judas,” “You and I,” “Just Dance,” and “Bad Romance,” which basically blew the roof off the arena.

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Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are the last queens standing in 'Fly' video: Watch it here

Nicki Minaj may have looked like a walking bag of tropical Skittles last night. But in her new video she rocks a tattered pink dress and a crocked bride of Frankenstein flat-top hairstyle.

Strutting through a dystopian society, Minaj is joined by a still-red-haired Rihanna. Together the two roam their land, apparently only pausing for costume changes.

It appears they’ve survived quite a battle and now only have each other and rubble to worry about. “I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive/ I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise,” Rihanna coos on the hook.

The only other people who show up in the clip are ninjas who attack Minaj. Will she make it through alive? Will their planet survive? Oh, the drama!

Watch “Fly” after the jump.

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Nicki Minaj duets with Taylor Swift after VMA win

What do you do after you win an MTV Video Music Award? If you’re Nicki Minaj, who took home the trophy last night for Best Hip-Hop Video, you get back to work… quick. Fortunately, the best artists around are more than happy to share the stage with you. Minutes after accepting her award, Minaj left the Nokia Theater for the nearby Staples Center to perform “Super Bass” with avowed fan, Taylor Swift. Take a listen. READ FULL STORY

MTV 2011 VMAs: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele big winners

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Adele all won multiple Moon Men at the MTV 2011 Video Music Awards. Perry’s “Firework” won for Video of the Year, and she also took home a trophy with Kanye West for Best Collaboration for their sci-fi fantasia “E.T.” Perry harkened back to a previous VMAs show in her acceptance speech when she told her co-winner, “Now this is the time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye!” Lady Gaga — who spent the entire night dressed as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone — won Best Female and Best Video with a Message. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” meanwhile, took home multiple behind-the-scenes awards for editing, art direction, and cinematography.

Other winners included Britney Spears (who also took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters, and Tyler, The Creator. Check out a full list below:

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MTV 2011 VMAs: Nicki Minaj says new album will be loaded with her alter ego Roman

After taking home the Best Hip Hop Video Moon Man for “Super Bass,” female rapper du jour Nicki Minaj sauntered back to the VMA press room for photos and a quick interview, where she dropped a few details about her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album. The short of it: It’s gonna be filled  with her alter ego Roman.

“Well, the new album is going to have a lot of Roman on it, and if you’re not familiar with Roman, you will be familiar with him soon,” Minaj revealed. On her first album, Pink Friday, Minaj’s alter-ego Roman showed up on a track, “Roman’s Revenge,” that she did with Eminem. If you remember, many took lyrics in “Revenge” to be a side-slap to fellow female rapper Lil’ Kim.

Continued Minaj about Roman and her album: “He’s a boy who lives inside of me,” she said. “I have a lot of surprises I don’t want to give away. Everyone will be more than satisfied with the new album.”

About that crazy outfit she was wearing, Minaj explained to the press: “Tokyo inspires this outfit. Harajuku is something I have been absorbing for a very long time.”

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Kanye West joins Nicki Minaj on stage at Britney Spears concert: Watch it here!

One of the centerpieces of Nicki Minaj’s set on this summer’s Britney Spears-hosted Femme Fatale tour has been her head-spinning verse on “Monster,” the fantastic track from Kanye West’s 2010 magnum opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Of course, that song also contains verses from West, Jay-Z, and Rick Ross, so it always feels a little incomplete onstage without them.

‘Ye decided to bring some extra noise during the Femme Fatale stop last night in Uniondale, New York, storming the stage during the opening notes of “Monster” for a run through through his song-opening verse.

The crowd, as expected, went a little nutty. Check out the video of West’s guest appearance here: READ FULL STORY

Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj live in L.A. on the Femme Fatale Tour: EW's review

As I walked through L.A.’s Staples Center for Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale tour last night, the lack of parochial-school uniforms, blonde wigs, and spandex jumpsuits—the sartorial choices of Britney fans of concerts past—had me worried.

The packs of twenty-something females—with some gay men and dutiful boyfriends mixed in—here to see Britney looked to be dressed for a night out in Vegas; certainly a far cry from Gaga’s wig-happy Little Monsters and the diehard Britney fans of yore.(Eleven years ago, some babysitting money, combined with an impassioned plea to my mother, earned this former teenybopper a ticket to her unforgettable “Oops!… I Did It Again” tour.)

Mere minutes after the the singer’s first sultry utterance of “It’s Britney, bitch,” it was obvious that my first instincts were very, very wrong. She opened with a sexed-up rendition of  her single “Hold It Against Me”; singing from a Game of Thrones-esque iron chair while a gaggle of beefed up “hot cops” grinded against her.

Britney’s back, alright.  And with her slim waist, her dangerously toned legs, and most importantly her engaged, wide-eyed smile, she looked happy to be there with us—the crucial element that has been missing from so many Britney shows of late. READ FULL STORY

Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, and Trey Songz to perform at 2011 BET Awards on June 26 -- EXCLUSIVE

Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, and Trey Songz are the latest artists set to perform at the 2011 BET Awards, EW has learned exclusively. Additionally, Cee-Lo Green will also make a “special appearance” at the show, which will air live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium on June 26 on cable network BET.

BET has already announced some talent for the telecast, including host Kevin Hart, Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Patti LaBelle, Humanitarian Award honoree Steve Harvey.

Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, and Jill Scott have also been previously confirmed to be performing. Nominees for the show’s awards — including Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj — were revealed last month.

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