Taylor Swift & Nicki Minaj Celebrate Billboard Women In Music Honors
First Published: December 2, 2011 5:47 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Fresh off her three Grammy nods, Taylor Swift was honored with Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year Award on Friday and the country superstar couldn’t hide her excitement.
“I’ve been smiling for like, a few weeks straight ‘cause all these amazing things keep happening, like the CMAs and the AMAs and the Grammy nominations and now this,” a newly-coiffed Taylor told Access Hollywood at Billboard’s sixth annual Women in Music event in New York on Friday. “It’s crazy!”
Another reason for Taylor’s dazzling smile? Her new bangs.
“I got a haircut and I love it,” she told Access. “It was on a photo shoot I was doing and they were like, ‘We were thinking about doing maybe some bangs,’ and I said, ‘Just cut it,’ you know, ‘cause I’ve been wanting to do it for a while and the change is really nice.”
Hip-hop empress Nicki Minaj was also honored by Billboard as their Rising Star – a title that hits home for the “Super Bass” rapper.
“This [honor] is a big deal because everything that I do is kind of geared towards being on Billboard,” Nicki told Access. “So, for them — of all people — to recognize me and say that I’m a rising star, it makes me feel great, like I’m doing something right.”