Ten-year-old Willow Smith may have just released a new single, "Fireball," with Nicki Minaj...but poor Willow has totally had her thunder stolen by an even younger Minaj-loving fireball from Essex, England, named Princess Sophia Grace Brownlee.
Okay, so the precocious 8-year-old Brit isn't really a princess...but Sophia has the tiara and certainly the fierce attitude of a queen. And with her cover of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" currently reigning over the Interweb, she has become the latest member of viral-video royalty.
Since Sophia and her 5-year cousin/hype-girl Rosie uploaded their adorable "Super Bass" cover onto YouTube two weeks ago, it has received (as of this writing) more than 3.3 million views. And it even caught the attention of Nicki herself, who excitedly tweeted: "I HAVE to meet her. She is a SUPERSTAR!!! Like did u hear how she sang the bridge? The attitude? OMG!"
And Nicki is right--when Sophia gets to the bridge of the song, she belts it out with surprising force (right on key, no Auto-Tune necessary) and tons of divalicious flair.
The video has also caught the attention of new fan Ellen DeGeneres, so it's possible that Sophia is about to follow in the footsteps of Greyson Chance, who was plucked from YouTube obscurity and turned into a star by Ellen last year. Sophia and Rosie will appear on Ellen's show Wednesday, along with the much older Glen Campbell.
Oh, and by the way--for those of you concerned about an 8-year-old singing such an adult song, especially on a family-friendly show like "Ellen," Sophia's parents have posted this disclaimer on her YouTube channel: "We understand that in the original version of 'Super Bass' there is inappropriate words, Sophia has put in appropriate words to get round this."
Until Thursday's sure-to-be-awesome "Ellen" appearance, you can also enjoy this swaggy bonus clip of a solo Sophia covering the Keri Hilson version of Soulja Boy's "Turn My Swag On":