Willow Smith Is 'Grateful' for Nicki Minaj Duet

Willow Smith Is 'Grateful' for Nicki Minaj Duet

The birthday girl talks 'Fireball' making.

Published October 31, 2011

Willow Smith may be celebrating her eleventh birthday, but it looks like she got her present early from a certain Barbie.

The pint-sized pop star chatted with Access Hollywood recently about her newest track "Fireball" which features Nicki Minaj.

"It was really great because the first time I heard her on the actual track, I was like 'Who's that?' And they said 'Oh, it's Nicki,' " Willow recalled. "I said 'Oh my gosh, that's so great!' I just got really excited so I'm really grateful for that."

But the making of "Fireball" wasn't where the two artists initially met.

"We recorded [the song] in two different places, so I got to meet her at the BET Awards and it was really cool," Willow said. "She wore her little skeleton outfit and I was like 'Aw, that's really cool!' She's really cool."

Still, though Willow says when she met Nicki, it was a brief encounter just before Minaj went on stage to perform and the two didn't discuss a duet.

"It was a surprise for me," Willow shared of their duet. "They told me she was going to be on it, but I was like 'That's not gonna happen.' Then later on, they told me 'She's on the song' and I was like 'That's awesome.'"

"I would love to work with Nicki Minaj again, she's really lively," Willow added. "The other person I'd like to work with is Jessie J because she's got a great voice and she's also really lively."

Written by Hillary Crosley

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