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Nicki Minaj’s Top 20 Most Bootylicious Pics

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VH1 Divas performer Nicki Minaj is nothing if not larger than life. She has a highly theatrical rap style, dons Gaga-esque outfits, has big beefs (we’re waiting for a response to Lil Kim‘s diss track) — and, yes, an ass that only Coco could match. Nicki’s ultra-ample booty, which even gramps Regis Philbin can’t resist grapping, has been the source of constant Internet chatter for more than a year. Some say it’s all natural and others claim her proportions aren’t physically possible.

Nicki addressed rumors that the junk in her trunk contains pads earlier this year. “Absolutely not,” she told the New York Post. “People will pick anything to talk about, and that happens to be the thing at the moment. I love being a conversation piece.” But she hasn’t addressed injection rumors. Regardless, we’re pretty sure she has the right ASSets (sorry, bad pun!) to entertain the troops. Check Nicki Minaj’s Top 20 Most Bootylicious Pics below and watch VH1 Divas Salute the Troops on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9/8c.

20. The Runway Pose

19. Chick in Black

18. Nicki Minaj, Vicariously

17. Ludacrisly Large

16. Tighty-Tights

15. The Barbie Vibe

14. The M.I.A. Look

13. Little Pink Riding Hood

12. Denim Booty

11. Egyptian Princess

10. Model Figure

9. Channeling Olivia Newton John

8. Bad Bitch From Sri Lanka

7. Nicki Jetson

6. Pretty In Pink

5. So Complex

4. Nude-Colored Jumpsuit

3. Naughty Nightie

2. Bubblelicious

1. The Moon and the Stars

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Bonus clip on Nicki’s buns after the jump …

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Ririlocks Turns Italy Into Nation Of Shy Ronnies

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Italy is not hurting for beautiful women, that’s for sure. But how often does Italy see a Barbadian beauty with long red locks steaming up their version of “The X-Factor” while wearing a floral bikini? Probably never!

And of course Rihanna‘s bikini isn’t made of a normal pattern — each of her private parts are ensconced in flowers made of ruffles. Which makes us wonder how many Italian men were busy smelling their television sets during her performance of “The Only Girl (In The World)”?

Add exposed tats and leather boots to this outfit — and this is why Rihanna makes the Shy Ronnies of the world wet their pants. For more sexy flower-related goodness, see Rihanna at the MTV Europe Music Awards. [Photos: Splash News Online]

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NYTimes Sad That Reality TV Isn’t As Socially Redeemable As Classic 20th-Century Books

Here’s the opening sentence of an article in today’s New York Times:

It has been suggested that the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss could not have spent more than a few weeks each with the different native peoples observed in his 1955 book, Tristes Tropiques.

Can you guess what this article is about? No, not anthropology or 20th-century masterpieces. It’s about VH1′s new reality show called “My Big Friggin’ Wedding,” starring one Johnny Meatballs (pictured above). Here’s sentence two:

If true, this would mean that cable television has already devoted more time documenting meathead Italian-Americans of the New York metropolitan area than a celebrated researcher spent studying tribes of Brazil and beyond for one of the classic texts of 20th-century social science.

The writer’s point (but of course!) is that “Reality TV now does what ethnography used to, bringing the folkways of foreign subcultures to a broad, popular audience.”

First, how did this TV critic marry “classic texts of the 20th century” to “My Big Friggin’ Wedding”? Could it be that she was sitting at an outdoor table at a cafe in the West Village, armed with a laptop and a beret, possibly smoking a cigarette, and thinking about how bohemians once sat in this very spot arguing about philosophy, when her overly pragmatic editor called and demanded she cover VH1′s newest reality TV show, insulting her intellect and prompting her to rage against popular culture’s vapidness?

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Star Signs: Jake & Taylor Will Want “A Whole Lot More”

taylor-swift-jake-gyllenhaalFirst they were spotted at an SNL broadcast. Then they were found brunching in Brooklyn, even though she’s too young to order a mimosa. And most recently Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift went on an apple-picking spree. According to sources, they’re “just hanging out.” But we believe picking apples is a gateway activity to rolling in the hay and maybe even putting a ring on it. So it’s time to find out how long Swyllenhaal will last. Here’s what our Horoscope partner Moonit has to say:

According to their birth dates, Taylor (born December 13, 1989) and Jake (born December 19, 1980) probably “feel like they’ve been friends forever.” Their assessment reveals that it’s “awesome how much these two just click,” despite the age difference.

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The Top 10 Hottest Indie Rock Girls At Austin City Limits

TheFABlife has been at 2010′s Austin City Limits all weekend catching as many bands as possible and hanging out at backstage interviews with our colleagues at VH1. We thought about writing a serious review of the music fest, but we aren’t exactly a serious music blog. So we decided to write about something that every living human being with half a pulse cares about. Who’s the hot? Here’s our list, counting down to #1. Lest you think we’re only about objectifying the fairer sex, check back later to see our list of ACL’s Hottest Indie Rock Boys.

10. Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim

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Sure, Kim Schifino has a great figure, a larger-than-life smile, bright eyes, and taut arms from years of banging on the drums. But what really makes Kim sexy is that nobody gets a party started like Matt & Kim, because they both put 100 percent into each and every moment of their shows. When Kim’s on stage, she comes across as the happiest girl in the world — and that’s just plain hot. This year at ACL was no exception. [Photos: Lisa Nola for VH1]

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The Best Celebrity Photobomb Of All Time, Starring Dan Black!

If Austin City Limits music fest had suddenly picked up this year and moved to Europe, not that it ever would, it might have been difficult to pull off The Best Celebrity Photobomb Of All Time, starring BWE‘s new favorite person Dan Black, a British electronica artist based in Paris. But some music fans here are just discovering Dan, thanks in part to a collaboration with Kid Cudi, a 2010 MTV VMA nomination, and a spot at Lollapalooza.

So even though Dan is as tall as a b-ball player, exudes rock star coolness, and had just finished playing a set in front of thousands (above), we were able to slip into the crowd undetected, where we proceeded to do us some serious photobombing under the guise of snapping festival fashion pics. Sorry, ACL people! You just got punked! But in the best way possible, right?

Here are 10 pics of Dan Black photobombing the hell out of the ACL crowd:

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Vampire Weekend Obsessed With Jersey Shore, Flashes Their Ab-tastic ‘Situation’

We all know how popular the Jersey Shore is. Still, while interviewing bands at Austin City Limits yesterday we were a little surprised to find out how much Vampire Weekend loves it. In fact, we’re pretty sure these indie kings could write a dissertation on the MTV reality show. While each band member has their favorite self-described “guido” or “guidette,” it was lead singer Ezra Koenig‘s thoughtful analysis of why Jersey Shore works while other reality shows fall short that impressed us the most. According to Ezra:

“The Situation realizes he’s playing a character … everyone is self aware … with some reality shows it’s about making fun of people who are hapless and who don’t really know what’s going on. But the Jersey Shore is not really like that. Because everybody is funny. They have a sense of humor. They know when they’re being outrageous. For better or worse, nobody’s being exploited.”

Well said Ezra, and nice fist pump! See the full-sized image of drummer Chris Tomson showing VH1′s Janell Snowden his own Situation after the jump.

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Meet The Silliest Contestants Of VH1′s Dance Cam Slam

VH1′s new competitive dance show ain’t nothin’ like Dancing With the Stars. You don’t have to be a celeb to compete. You don’t have to be a phenomenal dancer either. Hell, you don’t even need rhythm! Because judges will score dancers based on the “overall entertainment value of their performance,” according to VH1. Hopeful translation: This show will definitely be good for a few laughs. So far, my money is on the appropriately named The Chocolate Chip Dancers crew (i.e., the shirtless guys with Buddha bellies and bow ties). Via The VH1 Blog.

p.s. If you think you have what it takes, visit the Dance Cam Slam casting site.  There’s a $5,000 weekly prize.

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DWTS’ Mark Ballas Strips At The Airport: Dumb Or Normal?

Let’s say you’re in the middle of the Anchorage airport and you suddenly realize that your pants are a bit tight and your private area is starting to feel like a prisoner. Then you remember that you have those seriously comfy VIBE sweatpants in your suitcase. You can’t wait to change! You just wish you didn’t have to go all the way to the nearest restroom, where you’ll probably end up in a cramped stall and stepping in someone else’s two-day old urine. But wait, your name is Mark Ballas!

You don’t exactly live under the radar. You’re on a highly popular primetime TV show called Dancing With the Stars. You’re hanging out with your dance partner Bristol Palin. You just met her mommy Sarah Palin (bonus Twitpic after the jump), who probably doesn’t want her little girl drooling at you in your tighty whities. Plus, you can’t ignore that paparazzo lurking in the corner. But then you think how you’re undies are no more revealing than the Speedo you wear when you’re on the beach back in L.A. And you think about how Americans can be such prudes! What the hell do you do?

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