NICKI MINAJ Named Billboard's 'Rising Star' for 2011:
Nicki Minaj has been named Billboard’s “Rising Star” for 2011, capping off a year that has seen the hip-hop star top the charts with her massive-selling “Pink Friday” album and, most recently, earn a pair of trophies at the American Music Awards. The Rising Star Award acknowledges Minaj’s phenomenal year and will be presented at the Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York City.
Minaj will be joined at the sixth annual event by Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift, her friend and an early booster through radio interviews and a widely seen concert cameo.
"I am deeply honored to be recognized by Billboard," says Minaj. "My nation of barbz and I have come a mighty long way; yet we are nowhere close to where God will take us. Sit back and enjoy the ride."
M.I.A Confirms Collabo with Madonna & Nicki Minaj:
After releasing third album “/\/\ /\ Y /" to mixed reviews last year, M.I.A. has been missing in action for most of 2011. However, the electro-dance artist confirmed a juicy collaboration for 2012 over the weekend by announcing that she was joining Madonna and Nicki Minaj in New York, presumably to contribute on Madge’s in-the-works new album.
"Summond to NYC by bitchesses > MADONNA and @NICKIMINAJ," M.I.A. posted on Twitter on Saturday (Nov. 26). “cofffffiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee it iz a good day to get me tho trustttt bitches.”
Earlier this month, the first taste of Madonna’s follow-up to 2008’s “Hard Candy,” a demo of an uptempo single called “Give Me All Your Love,” leaked in full online. Madonna responded to the leak by telling manager Guy Oseary, “My true fans wouldn’t do this.”
ROZAY, COMMON, LUPE TO HONOR GRANDMASTER FLASH @ THE GRAMMY CONCERT:
On Wednesday (Nov. 30), a handful of today’s hottest rappers will pay tribute to one of hip-hop’s most memorable songs, “The Message,” at “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night.”
Rick Ross, Common, and Lupe Fiasco will join the orginators,Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and Scorpio for a one-of-a-kind performance of the seminal rap song. The special performance will take place to honor the recording’s recent addition to the 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame.
The live event, hosted by LL Cool J, will also feature an announcement from an iconic group regarding their monumental band reunion set to take place at the 54th Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2012.
Nicki Minaj, just named Billboard’s Rising Star for 2011, announced on Tuesday night (Nov. 22) that she’ll release an album on Feb. 14, titled “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”
"Heeeee’s baaaacccckkkkk," she wrote on Twitter, referring to her alter ego Roman Zolanski. “Its not called Roman Reloaded. Its called PINK FRIDAY : ROMAN RELOADED!!!!!! 4 WORDS!!!! Love u guys soooo much!!! VALENTINES DAY biittcchh!”
“Hey Loves! I miss you guys/gals! I have truly been “On The Go” with my Beats by Dre Headphones plastered to my ears while in the studio with some pretty cool dudes! I plan to update my blog starting tomorrow! Thanks for all of your messages, reblogs and awesome posts on my dash! Love and Light! xxoo @RozOonTheGo #YOLO”—S/O Tyanna & Cassie