Nicki Minaj Billboard Rising Star

December 3, 2011 by staff 

Nicki Minaj Billboard Rising Star, The music industry feted itself Friday, along with Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, at Billboard’s sixth annual Women in Music event.
Held at a swank downtown restaurant, the lunchtime event commemorated the publication of the trade magazine’s Women In Music Power Players list, which acknowledges leading female executives. Two additional awards were presented to artists, for Woman of the Year Award and Rising Star.

Respective winners Swift and Minaj were the main attraction, of course. Arriving on the red carpet in a matching belted dress and tan heels, her hair wore down with bangs, Swift — who turns 22 on Dec. 3 — gushed that it was “magical” to receive the honor. “I get to wear this beautiful dress and go to this wonderful event. It’s an amazing way to end what’s really been an incredible year.”

Swift added that she’s a huge Minaj fan: “She’s one of my favorite artists to come along in the past couple of years, and Super Bass is my favorite song of the year.”

Katie Couric and Robin Roberts, there to conduct short post-lunch interviews with the pop stars — Couric spoke with Swift, Roberts with Minaj — expressed their admiration for their subjects. Couric, also in a red dress — she would quip on stage that she and Swift had planned their outfits together — had brought her 15-year-old daughter along.

“She’s very musical,” Couric noted of her daughter. “I took her out of school — I didn’t even send a doctor’s note. I love the way Taylor comports herself. I’d like my daughters to emulate her. She’s gracious and sweet and well-mannered, but also in control.”

Roberts, sporting a short-sleeved gray sweater dress, said that Minaj’s music “makes me feel good. It makes me move, makes me smile. She’s so wonderfully irreverent, and so talented.”

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