“She blew me away!”
That was Nicki Minaj’s reaction to the video of the 8-year-old girl who has become a YouTube sensation after singing the star's hit song “Super Bass.”
In a pink princess dress, Sophia Grace Brownlee wowed viewers when she copied the singer’s swag and style as she rapped “Super Bass.” Beside her was her 5-year-old cousin lip-synching and dancing.
Her video prompted Ellen De Generes to invite her to appear on her show, where she got a special surprise.
“You said that you love Nicki Minaj, right?” Ellen asked, to which Sophia answered with a quiet, “Yeah.”
But when Ellen asked, “Do you wanna meet her?” Sophia jumped and cried a big “Yeah!”
When her idol came out, Sophia paused for bit as if trying to grasp whether she was real, then she let out a shriek of delight. She ran to the singer and gave her a huge hug.
Some audience members were in tears as the surprise unfolded.
“Within 5 seconds of seeing this video, I was calling everyone I knew and I was also receiving a billion e-mails," Minaj said. "Everyone was like ‘You have to see this little girl’."
Minaj encouraged Sophia to sing the bridge of "Super Bass" for her, which she happily did.
“You are amazing," Minaj said. "Seriously, I said superstar. We feel like we’re watching a journey that’s about to be, like, amazing.”
She encouraged the two kids to stay in school, though. “Put your books first and singing second.”
Later, Minaj gave the two children pink wigs and necklaces. When Sophia wore the wig, she shouted, “I’m the second Nicki Minaj!”
Minaj was so delighted with the two that she said she would take them on a shopping spree the next day.
When the singer said, “Whatever you want,” Sophia asked for her album.
The singer replied, “I’ll give you the album, too -- clean version.”
Minaj and Sophia ended the show singing “Super Bass” together.
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