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Rapper Nicki Minaj appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show yesterday to meet 8-year-old Sophia Grace Brownlee, an overnight sensation whose cover of Minaj’s “Super Bass” went viral on the Internet last week.

Minaj surprised Brownlee and her family, who flew in from Essex, England, to deliver her praise and a positive message: “Put your book first and singing second,” Minaj told Brownlee and her tutu wearing sidekick.

Little Sophia’s screams light up the room with her uncontained excitement, outshining even Minaj’s signature kalaeidoscopic colors as the girl smothers her idol in hugs.

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