"A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That's not what I'm trying to do. I love 'hood' music, but my talent is as a singer."
- Newly-single Miley Cyrus addresses the comparisons to American Idol judge Nicki Minaj.
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Taylor Swift led the winners at the Billboard Music Awards last night, taking home eight prizes.
The "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" hitmaker - who is known for her turbulent love life and relationships with stars including Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer - paid tribute to her loyal fans as she picked up the evening's top honor, the coveted Artist of the Year prize.
"Thank you for making my music the soundtrack to your crazy emotions. You are the longest and best relationship I've had," she said.
As well as Artist of the Year, Taylor also took home honors including Top Female Artist, Top Country Artist, Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album for Red, and Top Country Song for "We Are Never Getting Back Together."
When all else fails, blame your retailers.
Nicki Minaj was recently asked about why she thinks that the re-release of her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album (titled Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up) didn't perform as well as its predecessor.
"It is hard to get the album because the stores basically said that the last few re-releases they had put out did not do well and they didn't want to take a chance. So, Target and Walmart is not selling the album. Target is actually my biggest retailer - they've always been my biggest retailer. They've sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever, so, thank you, Target. But I wish you could've sold this one."
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Nicki Minaj was denied entry to her own album release party.
The "Moment For Life" singer is reportedly very unhappy after police prevented her from celebrating the release of her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up with her entourage at New York hotspot Greenhouse Nightclub last night because the club was already full to capacity.
"Nicki turned up to the club with about 25 people at 3:30 in the morning. She wanted to celebrate with her fans, but she was denied entry at the door by the police because they said the venue was at capacity and there was nothing they could do to accommodate her," a source said.
According to insiders Nicki, 29, was scheduled to make an appearance alongside rappers and music producers Flo Rida and Fabolous but arrived at the event too late. "Nicki wasn't happy about it, so she and her group just left," an eyewitness said.
Justin Bieber won three prizes at last night's American Music Awards.
The 18-year-old singer - who was accompanied to the bash by his mother Pattie Mallette - was the big winner at the ceremony, taking home pop/rock male artist, pop/rock album for Believe and the evening's final accolade, the coveted artist of the year award.
Accepting pop/rock male artist, he said, "I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time."
For his third win, Justin brought his mother on stage with him and told her, "I wanted to thank you for always believing in me... This is my mom. She's little, but she's beautiful."
The Believe star also performed twice at the ceremony, duetting with Nicki Minaj on their track "Beauty and a Beat" and a stripped-back solo acoustic performance of "As Long As You Love Me."
Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs).
The two singers are each in the running for four awards, with Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher following narrowly behind with three nods apiece.
Justin, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake and Katy Perry will battle it out for the coveted Artist of the Year prize, while J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for New Artist of the Year.
Nicki's four nominations are for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist - Rap/ Hip Hop, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Rap/ Hip Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. As well as Artist of the Year, Rihanna is also up for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for Talk That Talk.
Heidi Klum is to host the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The German supermodel will take control of the ceremony when it takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday, November 11 and can't wait for the event to take place in her home country. "I'm honored to host the 2012 MTV EMAs in its return to my home country of Germany. The MTV EMAs are one of the biggest nights in global music, fashion and culture, and I'm thrilled to play a part in bringing this one-of-a-kind show to audiences all over the world. We're going to have a blast!" she said in a statement.
Rihanna is the most nominated artist for the ceremony with nods in six categories, including Best Pop Act, Best Look, Biggest Fans and Best Female. Taylor Swift follows with five nominations for prestigious prizes such as Best Live Act and she will battle Rihanna for the Best Female statuette as well as Katy Perry, Pink and Nicki Minaj. Justin Bieber and Katy received four nods each, while several acts picked up a hat-trick of nominations including Nicki, Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen.
The event takes place at the Festhalle Frankfurt and fans can vote for the winners by visiting www.mtvema.com.
Fans of Nicki Minaj across the pond will be disappointed to learn that the rapper-singer has to cancel her upcoming shows over health issues.
In a statement, Minaj's representative said that she had "regretfully cancelled" her scheduled apperances at the V Festival this weekend "due to strained vocal cords." Additoinally, the representative revealed that, "Despite doctor's orders, she performed on a bruised vocal chord in (New York City) on August 14. As a result, the chord has gotten worse."
There's no word yet as to when she is expected to recover.
Meanwhile, the folks pulling the strings at American Idol are keen to bring Minaj on board their judging table; however, her new endorsement deal with Pepsi isn't going over well with Coke, who are major sponsors of the reality competition.
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Leona Lewis is planning to rival Nicki Minaj with her rap skills on her new album.
The "Collide" singer - famed for her ballads - is putting the finishing touches to third record, Glassheart, and promised fans they will hear a different side to her, and she's even confident enough to take on New York-based Nicki.
"On my new album I will be rapping. I've discovered my voice for rapping. I could probably go up against Nicki Minaj now. I'm actually that good, so I'm coming for you Nicki! London style MCing," she said in a livestream Q&A.
It has also previously been claimed Leona - who won the UK version of The X Factor in 2006 and is signed to Simon Cowell's Syco label - will go in a dubstep direction on Glassheart. "The Syco team have asked songwriters to hand them dubstep and dance tracks with traditional lyrics for her. And they've specifically stated no ballads. It's a big change for her," a source said.
Kanye West leads nominations at the BET Awards with seven.
The "Stronger" rapper's Watch the Throne project with Jay-Z dominated nominations, earning nods in the Best Group, Collaboration, and Viewer's Choice categories, while its videos to "N****s in Paris" and "Otis" both got nods for Video of the Year.
Following Kanye is Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce Knowles, who is up for six trophies including Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration for "Party" with J. Cole and two Video of the Year nods for her songs "Countdown" and "Love on Top" from her 4 album.
Rapper Big Sean was excited to learn he is up for three awards, including Best Male Hip Hop Artist. He told "It's perfect. My grandma gonna be watching, my mom, my family, the whole city. It's just tight that I can represent those people, everybody who had that dream, everybody who used to ride to school listening to their idols, now I'm with them. It's just tight that I can show people that it's possible," he told MTV.
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