Pint-sized cutie Willow Smith of “Whip My Hair” fame showed up for her very first daytime talk show appearance on Ellen today. Armed with quite the quaff of curly hair that—yes!—she whipped around very animatedly, Willow proved that she is indeed a very potent performer. And she’s only 9 years old! It’s impressive. Also impressive? Her familiarity with those who’ve come before her. Willow referenced obvious inspiration Rihanna at the beginning of her show: “You make me feel,” she yelled from the song “Only Girl” before busting into her own song, “like I’m the only girl in the world!” Now that’s how you start a performance! Watch it here:
After performing “Whip My Hair,” Willow sat down with Ellen herself, who spent most of the few-minute interview fawning over the young gal—and even giving her an Ellen-ized neck brace! Watch here:
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Willow’s pretty darn good, right?
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