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COVER GIRL: Nicki Minaj for PAPER Magazine

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PAPER Magazine has just released it’s Spring 2012 Fashion Issue, and they’ve chosen the “new” Black Barbie aka Nicki Minaj as their cover girl! Inside the mag, Nicki is interviewed by style expert and creative ambassador-at-large of Barneys New York, Simon Doonan.

“We love Nicki’s unique style and unconventional look and Simon has devoted his career to celebrating fashion odd-balls and women who push the envelope (see his book Wacky Chicks).” – PAPER

The two talk about everything from how Minaj deals with the pressures of fame, to their mutual obsession with Big Ang from VH1′s reality series Mob Wives.

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Rihanna Covers Vogue Magazine — April 2011 Issue

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Pop sensation Rihanna graces the cover of Vogue magazine’s 10th annual shape issue (April 2011). In the article, Rihanna discusses everything from her break up with MLB star Matt Kemp, her father’s unexpected betrayal, and her ever-changing style.

On her father’s betrayal:
“[The assault incident] was the first time my dad went to the press and just told them a bunch of lies…he never called to find out how I was doing, if I was alive, nothing. He just never called. He went straight to the press and got a check. And now he does it again. Now, I’m like “Whatever, I tried”.

Rihanna is referencing recent childhood photo’s her father sold to The Sun, which was included with an interview.

“It really makes me question what I have become to my father. Like, what do I even mean to him? It’s really strange. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it, because you grow up with your father, you know him, you are a part of him, for goodness’ sakes! And then he does something so bizarre that I can’t begin to wrap my mind around it. You hear the horror stories about people going behind people’s backs and doing strange things, but you always think, ‘Not my family. My father would never do that to me.’”

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On her relationship ending with Matt Kemp:
“I just kind of shut down from that. I just let it go. I don’t ever want to have to depend on a relationship. I think it’s a really hard thing to find love. It’s beautiful. Nothing can match it. But I want to make sure that I find other things in life that I love besides love.”

On how her style has changed over the years:
“When I was fourteen and first started going out, I always wanted to be the opposite of everyone else,” she says. “So I would go to the club in a polo T-shirt and pants and sneakers and a hat on backward, just so I would not be dressed like other girls. And I got desperate for things that weren’t available in Barbados. I would cut things out of magazines. I was obsessed with creating a visual with clothing, and the way things are combined.”

“It’s become more about taking a risk. When I am putting looks together, I dare myself to make something work. I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that’s a little off, but I have to figure it out. I have to make it me. I think that’s the thrill in fashion.”

She also talks about her curves stating, “For the first time, I don’t want to get rid of the curves.”

Check out her spread below…

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2011 GRAMMY Performances: Rihanna + Gaga + Katy + More!

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The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were held last night at the Staples Center in LA. The show’s opening act, a star-studded tribute to Aretha Franklin, up’d the ante as 5 of the best female voices in the industry showed us what they were made of. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride all gave a tremendous performance honoring the Queen of Soul!

Christina definitely redeemed herself from last weekend’s fumble at Super Bowl XLV. Like Patti LaBelle expressed in her defence, Xtina has one of the best voices in the business, so why should she be bashed for something so small? — Christina’s voice is out of this world spectacular!

On a bad note, she did however fall onstage just as their performance ended. SMH.

Bruno Mars, B.O.B, and Janelle Monáe killed the show with an amazing dynamic performance that reinvented the past. Besides his voice sounding a little strained, I’m just wondering if there is anything that Bruno Mars can’t do. He writes crazy hits, sings, dances, and plays the drums?! Now that is what we call a STAR!

Lady Gaga was the most buzz-worthy entertainer of the night, as she arrived on the red carpet in an egg! Gaga later hatched from her egg as she emerged onto the GRAMMY stage to perform her latest single “Born This Way”.

She had an interesting choice of fashion for her performance (what else is new?), wearing a yellow latex bra, pasties, and skirt. In the middle of her performance she started to play the organ while singing her mega hits from last year. As for the finale, her dancers stripping off their latex outfits, wearing skin-colored leotards and undergarments.

I must admit that she gave one crazy performance. Gaga is always bringing something new and different to the game. Ryan Seacrest stated that she spent “three hours in her egg, in order to prepare for her performance!”

Some time last week, it was reported that Rihanna had become ill with bronchitis and was on strict doctors orders. It had everyone wondering if she was going to be able to perform during the GRAMMY Awards. But luckily, she was well enough to hit the stage with Eminem for a first-time stage performance of Love The Way You Lie Part 2, and with Drake for What’s My Name?.

I love when Ri brings the island flavor! I was so excited during the performance and couldn’t stop laughing when she and Drake started to dance together. Reminded me of an old-school Beyonce & Jay-Z, but Drake’s funny facial expressions is what turned the raunchy act into something cute and playful.

Katy Perry gave a beautiful performance that gave fans a glimpse of her Indian-themed wedding back in October. The backdrop showed Katy and Russell Brand exchanging vows, then ended with Russell lifting his bride’s veil to seal the deal with a kiss. It was magical!

Justin Bieber gave a mega performance starting with an acoustic version of his hit “Baby”, which lead into a super-hyped performance of “Never Say Never”. Jada and Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith, joined “The Biebs” in his performance with a cute rap verse. Jada and Will looked so proud, as they cheered him on from the audience!

Usher joined the two for a performance of “OMG”, which got him a standing ovation.

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Miley Cyrus Covers Marie Claire — March 2011

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Miley Cyrus is Marie Claire magazine’s March 2011 cover girl! The teen sensation who attended an LA movie premiere last night in Winter Kate, looks even more beautiful on the magazine’s cover, wearing a bedazzled open-back Roberto Cavalli gown.

In her interview, Miley discussed topics such as “the bong situation”, her parents’ very public divorce, and her upcoming projects, etc.

The magazine spread showcases Miley in many gorgeous designer pieces such as Burberry Prorsum, Donna Karan New York, Ralph Lauren Collection, a $1,750 Gareth Pugh dress (LOVE), and much more!

Miley Cyrus Covers Marie Claire - March 2011Miley Cyrus wearing AF Vandevorst.

On her being photo’d making out with Avan Jogia:
“If you look at the picture, I’m turned away, and he’s kissing me on the cheek. It’s very hilarious to me that people say, ‘They’re making out.’ In making out, there’s a tongue.”

On her parents’ divorce:
“Of course, anyone is going to be upset when there are troubles in their family, but I have a lot of hope in our family, and no matter what happens, we’re gonna stay strong.”

On whether she thought the “bong situation” was a mistake, or not:
“Obviously, college kids are smoking bongs with a lot more than salvia in them – “But they’re not Miley Cyrus,” she says. “They’re not role models. So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for.”

Read the rest of Marie Claire‘s exclusive interview in their March 2011 issue, which hits newsstands February 15th.

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Official Video: Rihanna – “S&M”

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Rihanna‘s highly-anticipated “S&M” video is finally here. I can’t even begin to tell you how in love I am with this song, and Rihanna’s entire LOUD album.

In the video, she acknowledges that she is in fact aware of all the blogs and media who take shots at tarnishing her name. Famous blogger Perez Hilton is also featured in the video. And, when one of Ri’s fans tweeted her the other day asking why she would even give Perez any face time, because he was one of the main ones bashing her (circa her Rated R era), Rihanna responded by saying “Because he’s my b*tch!” And in S&M, that’s exactly the role he plays.

One fan has already hailed this video treatment, “The sugar-coated version of Disturbia!” I totally agree!

Click here for more stills from the video!

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