MC plays geeky voyeur and curvy 'Bride of Blackenstein' on late-night sketch show debut. By Mawuse Ziegbe If fans were expecting hip-hop sexpot Nicki Minaj to vamp it up in her first "Saturday Night Live" skit, they definitely got an unexpected eyeful of the rap diva being, well, super creepy.

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Wiz Khalifa is named Rookie of the Year in the magazine's year-end issue. By Jayson Rodriguez Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa on the cover of the year-end edition of <i>The Source</i> Photo: The Source With arguably the best mixtape and rap album of the year and the biggest street banger of 2010, it was a no-brainer that The Source named Rick Ross its Man of the Year. The Miami MC graces the cover of the magazine's year-end issue along with upstart Wiz Khalifa, who was named Rookie of the Year. The issue is the first handled by new editor-in-chief, veteran XXL editor Bonsu Thompson. In it, Ross responds to rumors that he walked out of the Soul Train Awards earlier this month (the show was taped on November 10) after Eminem bested him for an award. So is there beef brewing between the two rappers? "Not at all," Ross told the mag, citing production issues as the reason for his early exit. "I been going to award shows for a long time and I've never had a problem with who won. I'm happy I'm recognized. We were in the trailer, going over these particular [performance] issues [with the show's producers]. Out of respect, we came back out there to give them a reaction to the nomination. They gave the award to Eminem. I applauded. Big record. That wasn't the issue. Like I said, the things we requested weren't met." While Wiz had stiff competition up against Ross, Em, Jay-Z, Drake and Kanye for Man of the Year honors, the upstart easily took the rookie crown with his Taylor Gang fanatics helping him to sell out shows across the country. The Pittsburgh rapper is riding the success of his first breakout hit, "Black and Yellow," but prior to climbing the charts, he still had a base that could make veteran artists envious. Some say it's his breezy green appeal, though Wiz — who was busted on drug charges earlier this month — said it goes beyond that. "It's not just the weed. The music is awesome," he explained. "The music is great. Just from the beats that I pick, I'm a fan of my producers. They push me. The vibe is so positive, you can be who you want to be. The weed just goes with it. See, when I was in high school, I wasn't in the streets. I had friends that were in the streets, but I just smoked with them. I had straight white kids that I just kicked it with and they smoked more than the kids in the streets. So I kicked it with everybody, but we were all on the same sh-- mentally." The year-end issue of The Source hits newsstands December 21.
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Young Money MC performs 'Moment 4 Life,' 'Right Thru Me' and 'Roman's Revenge.' By Mawuse Ziegbe Nicki Minaj performs during "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" At the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" Nicki Minaj paid tribute to America's soldiers the best way she knows how: get them fired up with a body-rocking performance. Sporting a fluffy white wig, turquoise tights, towering heels and a super-snug, orange and blue mini-dress, Minaj kicked things off with "Moment 4 Life," an album cut from her chart-busting debut Pink Friday. (Click here to see photos from "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops".) "In this very moment, I'm king/ In this very moment, I slay Goliath with a sling," Minaj spit as she strutted across the darkly illuminated stage with her signature flirty yet street swagger. Service members hoisted camera phones in the air as the beat pumped through the massive, tricked-out aircraft hangar. The track was a fitting way to start the performance, as the Young Money queen talks about savoring the moment, rhyming, "Put ya drinks up/ It's a celebration every time we link up. Greatness is what we on the brink of." Then a roar erupted from the crowd of soldiers and the flicker of flashing lights picked up as the bass line from Minaj's hit "Right Thru Me" dropped. Four female dancers in glittery cropped pants and black T-shirts appeared to back up the rapper. Later, four guys joined the crew to bust a few moves. Minaj switched up the track for the soldiers slightly, by holding one of the last notes of the song as she strolled down the runway. The Young Money lyricist, who also teamed up with Katy Perry for a playful cover of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," closed the set on a frenzied note with her rowdy Eminem collabo "Roman's Revenge." Trading bars with the assistance of her hypeman, Minaj punched up the set with garish grimaces and struck loopy poses as she tottered about in her stilettos. "I love you guys, thank you!" she proclaimed at the end of the set, and the soldiers sent her off with a salute of their own, chanting, "Nicki! Nicki!" What did you think of Nicki Minaj's performance at "VH1 Divas"? Let u know in the comments! Watch bonus performances, browse photos, read all about the most-talked about moments, and find out how you can salute the troops at VH1's "Divas Salute the Troops" hub.
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Veteran talk-show host inappropriately touched Nicki after her performance on 'Live With Regis and Kelly.' By Gil Kaufman Photo: Steve Granitz/ WireImage Nicki Minaj has a lot to be thankful for this week. Her debut album, Pink Friday, is headed for a #2 bow on the Billboard 200 albums charts, with one of the highest first-week totals ever for a female rapper's first effort. But after a bizarre incident during a Monday taping of "Live With Regis and Kelly," the Young Money queen took to Twitter to air her feelings about the show's legendary 79-year-old male co-host. After Minaj sang her hit single, "Right Thru Me," on the program, Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa came over to greet the 25-year-old MC. That's when Philbin looked her up and down, said, "I love the way you dress," and tapped Nicki on the rear end with his hand. After years of putting up with Philbin's bizarre antics, even Ripa was surprised, yelping "Regis! What just happened?" Minaj tried to play it off, answering Philbin's follow-up about how she hooked up with label boss Lil Wayne. "So, what advice does Lil Wayne give you?" an unphased Philbin asked. "Wayne tells me to go hard," Minaj answered. "Go hard?" Philbin deadpanned to the audience's groans. "I wish I could." After the show, Nicki took to Twitter to answer a question from a follower who asked, "What went thru your mind when Regis had slapped ya? That was epic!" Minaj wrote back, "LOL. I was in shock!" Related Videos
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Keri Hilson, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals rock tribute-show stage. By Matt Elias Keri Hilson, Grace Potter, Kathy Griffin, Jennifer Nettles, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry onstage during "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images NEW YORK — Who says there's no room for divas in the military? On Friday night, VH1 brought out the big guns in female music — plus their male backed bands — for "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops," taped at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Paramore, Sugarland, Heart and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals all performed for the troops, along with special celebrity appearances. Set in a large air hangar, hostess Kathy Griffin made a grand entrance atop a missile flanked by Marines, wearing nothing but a camouflage bikini. She set the tone for the night by reading the official USO rules for entertainers, and then proceeded to break every single one. Of course, the sharp-tongued comedian pointed out the divas that couldn't be there: Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber. "Turns out he's a dude," Griffin joked. (Click here to see photos from "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops".) The night's first performance actually took place across the globe. Paramore taped their portion at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Hayley Williams (rocking cotton candy-colored hair) and company belted out "The Only Exception." Back in San Diego, the show really got started with pop pinup Katy Perry. Hanging from a harness that looked like an American flag parachute, Katy floated over the crowd while performing "California Gurls." Decked out in full patriotic gear, Katy followed with "Teenage Dream" and "Hot and Cold." Next up were Sugarland, who were introduced by supermodel Marissa Miller and a special serviceman, Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles' brother. The country duo performed "Stuck Like Glue" with MC Lyte, and continued with "Tonight" and "All I Want to Do." Griffin returned with the biggest crowd favorites, "Jersey Shore" stars Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. Griffin dubbed Snooki "Agent Orange" and made Mike agree to stay away from grenades. But really, they were there to introduce one of the standout performers of the night: newcomers Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Grace and her band started with the opening licks of the "Top Gun" theme song — after all, this was the same base where the classic '80s flick was filmed. Decked out in a shimmery short dress and commanding a creamy flying V guitar, Grace jumped into "Paris (Ooh La La)" and "Medicine" before being joined by Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart for their classic "Crazy on You." They closed out the set with a rousing rendition of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." Next was Nicki Minaj, straight from the pages of an anime comic book. Rocking a curly pink wig, red and blue graphic dress and matching mint-green leggings and heels, the diva MC tore through her Pink Friday hits "Moment 4 Life," "Right Thru Me" and "Roman's Revenge." But before Nicki was finished she was joined by Perry for a playful performance of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Following the cover theme, Paramore were back in Kuwait with an epic rendition of the Foo Fighters' anthem "My Hero." Keri Hilson kept the energy high with an aggressive performance of "Turning Me On," following with "Knock You Down" and "Pretty Girl Rock." She then joined Sugarland to cover Aretha Franklin's "Think." Perry closed out the show in true diva form, with an explosive performance of "Firework," complete with a massive spectacle of, well, fireworks. She dedicated the song to everyone serving in the military around the world. And just at that moment the camera spotted a Marine hoisting a sign that read "Katy, you're our firework." For photos, videos and info on how you can salute the troops, head to the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" page.
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VIA: MTV Rihanna, Eminem, Usher, B.o.B, Alicia Keys among winners at event celebrating 40th anniversary of classic music show. By Joel Hanek and Gil Kaufman Anita Baker at the 2010 Soul Train Awards Photo: Moses Robinson/ Getty Images Only at the Soul Train Awards could you have a tribute to R&B icons such as Anita Baker and Ronald Isley alongside a segment in which rap legend Doug E. Fresh attempts to teach CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer how to do the Dougie. It was that kind of night at the 2010 Soul Train Awards, as rookies, veterans and legends came together in Atlanta for the second annual event — which was taped November 10 and aired Sunday night on BET. The show, hosted once again by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, featured a night of performances from some of the biggest names in soul and R&B. Host Howard told MTV News that the show is meant to be an extension of the long-running and legendary '70s TV series that brought soul, disco, R&B and rap stars into viewers' living rooms. "It reminds me of the advancement black people have made over the years because 'Soul Train' really was the beginning of that Black Power movement when we could actually see ourselves — and to have an awards show based upon that 'Soul Train' — it's headed somewhere," Howard said. "We have a black president now. The country seems to be more tolerant towards the diversity inside of it so it seems like the train is moving well down the tracks." The awards show marked the 40th anniversary of the classic music showcase hosted by Don Cornelius, and celebrated the careers of Baker and Isley, while handing out trophies to such contemporary stars as B.o.B (Song of the Year for "Nothing on You"), Melanie Fiona (Best New Artist), Eminem and Rihanna (Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year for "Love the Way You Lie"), Usher (Album of the Year for Raymond vs. Raymond) and Alicia Keys (Record of the Year for "Unthinkable [I'm Ready]" and Best Female R&B Soul Artist). Though top winners such as Trey Songz, Usher, Ciara, Eminem and Rihanna were not in the house, Blitzer graciously agreed to accept Slim Shady's award for him, joking, "Who better to accept this award on behalf of Eminem ... I know he's thrilled." Weaving through a series of skits involving magic tricks and jovial bickering by the hosts, the performance-heavy program delivered on talent. R. Kelly opened by teasing the crowd with his classic "Bump n' Grind," then diving into his new single "When a Woman Loves" — transforming the song from a slow jam into an all-out '50s rock-and-roll epic. Ne-Yo kept the show moving with a showcase of his singles from this year, including "Champagne Life" and "One in a Million." The tribute to Baker featured an all-star cast, with artists like Chrisette Michele, Goapele, Lalah Hathaway, Dionne Farris, Kem, Tamia, Faith Evans and El DeBarge covering a medley of the singer's greatest hits. Baker told the crowd that the biggest honor of the night for her was that real musicians were performing live with an actual band. "It's amazing because you've got children behind you singing 'Rapture' — it's lovely," she said, adding, "Let's do it again!" Ronald Isley, co-founder and lead singer of the Isley Brothers, also received a special homage that featured Jeffrey Osborne, Freddy Jackson, DeBarge, Tank, Eric Benet, Bilal and Peabo Bryson. Isley also came out to perform his own medley of hits and was joined onstage by Chanté Moore and R. Kelly for a rendition of "Contagious," their 2002 single that featured the Isleys. In addition, Cee Lo Green closed the show with a duet on the Isleys' classic 1959 hit, "Shout." Among the event's other highlights was Cee Lo's performance of his smash "Forget You," which took place on a golden stage that resembled a cross between Kanye's Egyptian fusion and an OK Go video, and found the singer gliding down conveyor belts while belting his number. Erykah Badu delivered a stripped-down version of her 2010 breakout "Window Seat" that featured the singer perched on the floor over a web of lights while appearing to orchestrate the vibrations of light flickers with her hands. Soul singer Eric Benet performed "Sometimes a Cry" — a song that Lil Wayne cited as one of his favorites while in prison — bringing down the house with a soaring falsetto that bested his studio rendition of the track. The evening's other performers included Bruno Mars, who sang his new hit "Grenade," and Jazmine Sullivan, who did a medley of "10 Seconds" and "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)."
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Other upcoming 'SNL' musical guests include Paul McCartney and Diddy-Dirty Money. By Gil Kaufman Lil Wayne and Eminem Photo: Jeff Kravitz/ FilmMagic Music-wise, it's been a pretty stellar year for "Saturday Night Live," with memorable sets from Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Arcade Fire. But things will heat up even more in December, when the venerable weekend sketch show rounds out the year with a trio of heavy-hitting host/performer pairings. The most anticipated will be the December 18 show, which The Hollywood Reporter reported will feature five-time musical guest Eminem performing the song "No Love" alongside Lil Wayne, who will be making his second appearance on the show. As of right now, the slot will be Weezy's first major TV performance since his release from prison earlier this month. The host that night will be "Tron Legacy" and "True Grit" star Jeff Bridges, who last hosted the show 27 years ago with his brother, fellow actor Beau Bridges, marking the longest gap between hosting duties in the show's history. Paul Rudd will make his second tour of duty as host December 11 to promote "How Do You Know," on a night when Paul McCartney will take the "SNL" stage for the third time. And coming up on December 4 will be third-time host Robert De Niro and Diddy-Dirty Money, appearing to promote the trio's long-delayed Last Train to Paris disc. De Niro will be promoting "Little Fockers," which is due December 22. This Saturday's show will be hosted by Anne Hathaway, with musical guest Florence and the Machine. Which "SNL" host or musical guest are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments! Related Photos Related Artists
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Jessica Alba, John Legend, Trey Songz will also be presenters at Sunday's show. By Jocelyn Vena Willow Smith Photo: Getty Images Audiences might get the chance to whip their hair back and forth when Willow Smith takes the stage as one of the American Music Awards presenters on November 21. Other presenters will include feisty female MC Nicki Minaj, according to a press release. Trey Songz, Christina Milian, John Legend, Keri Hilson, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield, Seal, Taio Cruz, Heidi Klum, Jenny McCarthy, Jessica Alba, Johnny Weir, Julianne Hough, Lady Antebellum, Mandy Moore and Ryan Seacrest have also been announced as presenters when the show goes live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC, the network broadcasting the AMAs, announced that there will be additional surprise appearances on the show. The AMAs will also feature some A-list performers, including Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Bon Jovi, Pink, Usher, Ne-Yo, Diddy, the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and Christina Aguilera, who will perform a number from her upcoming movie, "Burlesque." Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead all AMA nominees with five apiece. Eminem is nominated for Favorite Male Artist in both the Pop or Rock and Hip-Hop categories, Favorite Album in both the Pop or Rock and Hip-Hop categories and Artist of the Year (where he'll face off against Lady Gaga, Perry, Bieber and Ke$ha). Bieber will compete for Favorite Male Artist - Pop or Rock, Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Album of the Year - Pop or Rock for My World 2.0.
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    'My Time Now' will premiere on Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. By Jayson Rodriguez Nicki Minaj Photo: MTV Nicki Minaj is ready for prime time. With her singles all over the charts and her debut album Pink Friday dropping next Monday, the Lil Wayne protégé is on the cusp of superstardom. Fittingly, Nicki will also be the subject of the MTV documentary "My Time Now." The project will premiere on Sunday, November 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. It will also be featured on all of the MTV platforms, with exclusive previews on MTVNews.com and RapFix.MTV.com in the days leading up to it. The doc was produced by @radical.media (who made the Drake doc "Better Than Good Enough" earlier this year) and executive produced by MTV News' Dave Sirulnick. "Nicki Minaj has quickly emerged as one of the hottest artists in hip-hop and recently was recognized as the first female to ever make our annual Hottest MCs list," Sirulnick explained in a statement. "While her fans have gotten to know her through her music and her various social media channels, this documentary offers the world the first real intimate look at this woman who is on the verge of achieving superstardom." "My Time Now" will follow Nicki Minaj as she travels across the country on tour and heads into the studio to write and record her Pink Friday hits. Fans will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Head Barbie in Charge in her over-the-top artist persona and also as an ambitious businessperson and a beloved family member. Over the course of the hour-long doc — filmed over three months — the femcee will also be seen visiting her native Trinidad for the first time in seven years, purchasing her mother a new house in New York and preparing for her performance during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show. In the past 12 months, the lone female MC of Lil Wayne's Young Money crew has emerged as a star in her own right, stealing the spotlight with guest appearances alongside some of the biggest names in music, from Mariah Carey to Kanye West. Her saucy rhyme styling and animated vocal delivery has earned her high-profile admirers, including Jay-Z, who invited Nicki Minaj to the stage during the New York leg of his and Eminem's Home and Home event earlier this year. The two collaborated with each other on West's "Monster" track. "I remember in junior high school and high school, me and my best friend, we were so obsessed with Jay," Nicki told MTV News during an appearance on "RapFix Live" last month. "I kept thinking that all the people in the game at that time when I was little was gonna be out of the game by the time, if I did get into the game," she added. "I remember I used to be like, 'Dag, I'll never get to work with this one, I'll never get to work with that one,' and just to know that Jay is even saying something or knows me is crazy."
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      Minaj says Weezy has taught her to 'do the best you possibly can, quickly as you possibly can.' By James Dinh Nicki Minaj is having a good month. The rapper, who is set to drop her highly anticipated Pink Friday in less than two weeks, was just one of many supporters celebrating Lil Wayne's release earlier this week at the "Welcome Home, Tunechi" party in Miami. With Weezy back on the scene, the Harajuku Barbie sat down with Atlanta radio station V103 on Monday to talk about the Young Money family reunion. Describing Wayne's homecoming celebration in Miami as "crazy," Minaj told DJ Greg Street that the rapper's return to society has introduced a new era for the Young Money camp. "That was the first time Young Money has been in the same building in like nine months," she said. "It all seems like very spiritual in a weird way, almost like a new beginning and ending for [Drake, Wayne and me] at the same time, and for Young Money as a whole." The lyricist opened up about the most important lesson she's learned from Lil Wayne on her journey to the top. "I'd say to go super, super hard like your life depending on it and always act like ... almost act like you're running out of time. Do the best you possibly can, quickly as you possibly can. Feed the people with music. That's what I've learned," the rapper explained. "He always told me not to lose my lyrical content. He always said to me that I should always keep on being a beast and keep on competing with the dudes. He told me that about a year ago, I think, and I kept sharpening my skills."
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      The MC also described working with Eminem on "Roman's Revenge" and said the Detroit rapper was one of the most engaging collaborators on her LP. "When I worked with him, it was like having a big brother just overseeing everything and he was just really, really excited about it," she revealed. "We spoke a lot, and he's was probably the most involved feature that I have on the album." Speaking of her Slim Shady collabo, Minaj recently told MTV News that the first conversation she had with Weezy was about the high-profile duet. "You know what he talked to me about? 'Roman's Revenge,'" she told Sway on Sunday night. "He was like, 'What's up, Roman?' I was like, 'How did you know about that?' " Asked what the protégé thinks Wayne has next on his agenda, Nicki told us, "I'm pretty sure he's going to go tour. I'd like to see him do a world tour this time. And I'd love to see him in a movie, I think. I don't know why. I really want to see him break into that." What do you want to see next from the Young Money camp? Tell us in the comments! Related Videos Related Photos
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