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Nicki Minaj Praises Miley Cyrus’ Evolution & Twerking Skills

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Miley Cyrus recently cited Nicki Minaj as one of her influences, saying that the female emcee is one of her Top 5 favorite artists.  E! Online caught up with Minaj while she was promoting her Myx Fusion drink brand in New York, and it seems that the I Am Your Leader performer is a fan of Cyrus as well.

OMG! Miley is sooooo cute and every time I see her I say again and again that she is so damn cute and down to earth. I really love her,” the rapper told E! exclusively. “What a compliment that was to me. I really love her back. Thanks Miley!”

Fans and the media have been comparing Cyrus to the likes of both Rihanna and Minaj, due to her new funky style and random twerking videos. Miley, however, has denied trying to mimic Minaj.

In an interview with Billboard.com last month, Cyrus named Minaj as one of her top five favorite female singers along with rapper Lil’ Kim and godmother, Dolly Parton.

“Nicki is now my Lil’ Kim of my generation so that’s cool,” she said.

“A lot of people wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj,” Cyrus told Billboard.com. “That’s not what I’m trying to do. I love ‘hood’ music, but my talent is as a singer.”

So what does Nicki Minaj think of Ms. Miley’s new look?

“She looks very sexy and sassy in her new video,” noted Minaj. “I love it! I love her new look, she is really all grown up. I love that she cut her hair. Some people were iffy that she cut it but I love people that have the balls to do whatever they want.”

Minaj adds, “I can tell now Miley is really developing into her own self.  “I love her Twerking moments. That’s what is is all about being an artist.”

Miley Cyrus Dishes on her New Music with ‘Billboard Magazine’

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Miley Cyrus has been constantly in the news lately. From her fresh new look, to her random twerking performances, the singer has tongue’s wagging. The “Can’t Be Tamed” singer sat down with Billboard magazine to chat on hew new sound, her new music and why she feels people wanted her to be the White Nicki Minaj.

Check out some snippets from her Billboard interview below.

On her new music approach:
“Right now, when people go to iTunes and listen to my old music, it’s so irritating to me because I can’t just erase that stuff and start over. My last record [2009’s EDM-inflected Can’t Be Tamed] I feel so disconnected from – I was 16 ot 17 when I made it. When you’re in your 20s, you just don’t really know that person anymore.”

On the track, “We Can’t Stop”:
“I didn’t make this song for the critics, but for the people living it. I’m 20 years old and I want to talk to people that are up all night with their friends. It’s based on a true story of a crazy night I had: When I heard the song for the first time, it captured exactly what I was living.”

On the music genre of her new album:
“I’ve always wanted country-rock influences, but now I’m moving over to a more urban side. It’s not a hip-hop album, though- it’s a pop album I’m not coming in trying to rap. It’s more like, ‘I don’t see any girls out there doing what Miguel and Frank Ocean are doing. We’ve been calling it ‘count-step,’ because it’s like country, dubstep and a little trap. I love the Lumineers, but I also love French Montana, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Dolly Parton. If you could put Dolly, some Adele and Juicy J together, you’d have a weird balance.”

On people wanting a different Miley:
“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.”

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