Our condolences go out to Nicki Minaj and her family this morning. The hip hop starlet announced on Twitter today that her cousin, Nicholas Telamaque, was gunned down outside his Brooklyn home over the holiday weekend. “Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite,” she wrote on Twitter, adding, “*My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic* Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn,NY.”
Nicki also posted two photos of Nicholas, one of which is above. The NY Post confirms Nicki’s report in their Daily Blotter, with this brief report:
“A man was killed in a barrage of bullets in East Flatbush yesterday, police said. Nicholas Telamaque, 27, was shot five blocks from his home on East 52nd Street and Farragut Road at 2:40 a.m. Cops were called and found him with gunshot wounds to his upper torso. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he later died. It is unclear what spurred the violence.”
[Photos: Getty Images/Nicki Minaj]
As if general embarrassment and awkward family parties weren’t enough, the Amber Rose nude photo scandal has the model losing work, despite the fact that it really only proves she’s photogenic from any angle. “The company that I was working with no longer wants to work with me because of these pics and that prevents me from getting money to take care of my family.” Rose tweeted today, about the photos posted by MediaTakeout. “Its a messed up situation when someone so evil comes into ur life and tries to destroy it. I know I’m not the only girl in the world that has taken pics like that but they were very private.” Amber is right, though; plenty of celebs have naked pictures floating around. Give it five years and people will just put them directly on the back of their business cards.
As for where Amber’s nude photos originated, Rose, currently dating Wiz Khalifa, maintains that they were stolen from her computer. “I trusted someone that worked 4 me & allowed them to use my laptop a million times, I caught this person sending my pics to themselves and I fired this person immediately ,” she tweets. “Wiz & I & both of our families have known about this for 2 months now. We tried to prepare ourselves for this day.” However, Amber reassures fans it was a client, rather than her modeling agency CAA, that reacted so harshly to the pics. “I didn’t get dropped from my agency. I swear I’m on here eday shutting down rumors & the only reason I do is cuz its messing up my business,” she writes. Whoever sent her photos out should be very worried if they themselves have any nudes floating around. We know what we’d do with them: billboard in Time Square.
The 2011 BET Awards happened last night and we noticed that one particular color popped up far more than usual. Pink! Somehow we don’t remember any awards show where a hot pink grabbed us, but maybe that just us and our fading memories? Three lovely ladies worked the shade in their own ways and we can’t make up our minds about who looked best. Care to help?
To the left of the picture, Kelly Rowland went ruffled and hot! hot! hot! That is one hell of a pink but it’s totally working on her. In the middle we have Nicki Minaj who wore a softer pink but still made it punk thanks to all that texture. And on the right, Michelle Epps, in a slit-to-there fuschia gown. Question is — who wore pink best? Vote and let us know.
Before we can say anything else, how about Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose getting frisky on the green carpet, huh? The 2011 BET Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A last night and the duo looked quite happy wrapped around each other! We’re also loving the Dolce & Gabbana blazer and pants combination Alicia Keys wore to the event andÃ‚Â Kerry Washington has our vote with that acidic Michael Kors gown. We also totally expected Nicki Minaj to bring on some full-on cray-cray but it was a half-hearted commitment. We think she actually looked quite pretty in the textured pink dress-tight-boots outfit she was working.
If you want the list of winners, click here, but hint hint: Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes are in there. Also spotted were folks like Nelly, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige,Ã‚Â Jill Scott (love her) and the Smith kids — Jaden and Willow. Of course, Willow’s pal Justin Bieber was there too. Was there any ground breaking fashion? No, but everyone looked really comfortable which is quite a change! Having said that, we would like to forget all about Amber Rose’s shredded catsuit forever. Take a look at our gallery for all the action!
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, gave is some pretty awesome moments on air, even though the carpet fashion was lacking. We have to give props to
Senor Chang Ken Jeong for having the ability to humiliate himself on stage for laughs! But everything anyone did at the show—including Beyonce performing a very sexy “Run the World (Girls)”—was overshadowed by Britney Spears. Brit-Brit had some help on stage in creating two incredibly memorable performances. The first was with Rihanna on a remix of S&M which kicked off the awards. The second was with Nicki Minaj on “Till The World Ends,” after Minaj sang “Super Bass.” Badass!
That was just the beginning. The Billboard stage saw the likes of U2, Neil Diamond, Mary J. Blige and cutie Justin Bieber (in a very Vegas-esque golden tux) come on. Bono and gang were on hand to receive the Touring award while Neil accepted the Billboard Icon award (he also sang “Sweet Caroline” and “America” before receiving the trophy). The Biebs won the Billboard.com Fan Favorite Award and the Top New Artist Award but how about that kiss with Selena Gomez, huh?
Ri-Ri took home the Radio Artist of the Year and Female Artist of the Year while Taylor Swift (in a trademark sparkly gown) accepted the Billboard 200 Artist of the Year and Country Artist of the Year. Beyonce was feted with a video montage that featured Barbra Streisand, Bono, Stevie Wonder and Michelle Obama while receiving the Billboard Millennium Award. Look here for a full list of Billboard award winners. And if you just want to take a look at some fun moments from the show, check out our gallery below.
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Is it just us, or was the 2011 Billboard Music Awards
red white carpet dull? The press room and the stage (obviously) had way more action! As far as we’re concerned, the carpet was all about Nicki Minaj‘s pink hair versus Rihanna‘s red! We love both, but we’re handing this one to Ri-Ri who was super streamlined in a spotless white suit. Gorgeous! We’re not going to get into Nicki’s powder blue whatchamaycallit of an outfit, or Ke$ha‘s, for that matter. We can’t make sense of either!
We’d also like to point out how our little sweetheart Selena Gomez—who shared a kiss with BF Justin Bieber later—seems to slipping in more and more skin every time we see her. Little by little, so people don’t freak out! Crafty… but we’re on to you, Gomez! She and Nicole Kidman had a particularly sweet red carpet photo op that you can see in our gallery below. Nas, Ne-Yo and Mary J. Blige in all her leonine glory all added a touch of glamor, but just not enough. Do you agree with us? Sound off in the comments section below!
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We’ll admit it. We talk about Nicki Minaj’s butt a lot, though to be fair our conversations are mostly us shouting at our own butts for not looking as supernaturally awesome in pants. We plead with our butts, asking them questions like, “Is the best you can do?” and “Why can’t you pull it together?” It’s a nightmare to ride in an elevator with us. Luckily Minaj understands our admiration, and, surprisingly, seems to be fine with all our booty chatter (in a matter of speaking). “I don’t mind the questions, I don’t mind the fascination. It’s all good. I mean…but I’ve said this before, it doesn’t define me. So, I try my best not to focus my energy on it,” Minaj told Urban Daily about the non-stop tsunami of booty love. “Like, if you guys focus energy on and spend energy on it, I don’t mind it. You know, people are sitting in the barbershop talking about my butt, it’s conversational. That’s what people are gonna do. As long as I’m talking about Nicki Minaj, I’m good.” So what we’re hearing is, the Super Bass rapper wouldn’t mind if we pull all these Nicki Minaj photos on our Vision Board. Seriously, we didn’t spend $23.95 on The Secret only to end up not wearing shorts again this summer.
It’s been five years since they’ve done a TV broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards, which might be why they couldn’t get a bigger name than the admittedly awesome Ken Jeong (Community, The Hangover) to host the resurrected ceremony next month on ABC. But as far as musical acts go, the show isn’t hurting for celebs. Nicki Minaj and Cee-Lo have just been added to a line-up that already included Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban.
Rihanna is up against Taylor Swift, Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber for Top Artist at the ceremony, though there’s no word yet if the four not named Rihanna will actually be attending. But with Nicki on hand, we might not even miss Gaga when the show airs May 22nd.
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Nicki Minaj admitted she was “in talks” to join Britney Spears‘ Femme Fatale tour, and TMZ “confirmed” the news Monday, but the ladies didn’t make a statement until today, followed with a series of predictably winky tweets.
- Britney: “Could not think of a sexier Femme Fatale than [Nicki] to come on tour with me! Gonna be a hot summer people!”
- Nicki: “Hot INDEED Your Fierceness!!! This tour’s gonna KICK ASS!!! The #FemmeFataleBARBZ r READY!!! Let’s GO!!!”
- Britney: “The #FemmeFataleBARBZ wont know what hit em. Ready or not people, here we come….”
- Nicki: “Yup! and let’s keep the “other thing” a secret for now…”
- Britney: “All good things to those who wait….”
Does anyone else have “Me Against The Music” stuck in their head after reading that? Nicki won’t be the only opener on the tour—the Australian sisters known as NERVO (who’ve previously written with Ke$ha and Alison Iraheta) and Jessie And The Toyboys (whose single “Trash Me” was rumored to be ripped off by Brit’s “If You Seek Amy”) will warm up the crowd first. Good thing: going from zero to Nicki could cause whiplash!
See photos of all four Femme Fatale acts in the gallery below. Enrique Iglesias really would have been the odd man out.
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Though neither star has confirmed the news, TMZ reports that Nicki Minaj will definitely open for Britney Spears on her upcoming tour. It shouldn’t be long until one of them speaks, though—the first date of tour is June 17 in Sacramento, CA, just over two months away! With Nicki conquering the pop charts and Britney a living legend, this line-up should be one of the hottest of the summer, with plenty of crotch-thrusting fierceness for all the Barbies and Brit fans in the audience. In hindsight, it’s hard to believe they were even considering Enrique Iglesias as a co-headliner in the first place.
Check out the gallery below to see photos of Miss Minaj opening for Lil Wayne in Atlanta in this weekend. After a set like this—Nicki even gave lapdances—will Britney be the headliner or just icing on the cake?
[Photos: Splash News Online/WireImage]