Sophia Grace and Rosie have all grown up, but they haven’t forgotten their showbiz roots.
British cousins Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, who shot to fame in 2011 when their adorable cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” went viral, returned to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday to catch up. Host Ellen DeGeneres brought Brownlee and McClelland, then 8 and 5 years old respectively, to her talk show to perform their cover story and surprised them with a guest appearance from Nicki Minaj.
On Thursday, the girls reminisced with DeGeneres about some of their favorite celebrity encounters as kids. McClelland, now 15, said meeting pop star Justin Bieber at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards was her “favorite memory.”
“When he kissed me on the cheek at the Kids’ Choice Awards, obviously at that time I was like, ‘Ew, boy, he kisses me on the cheek,'” McClelland told DeGeneres. “And now I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I’d let Justin Bieber kiss me on the cheek again.’ “
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Brownlee, now 19, raved about meeting rapper Drake on the Grammy Awards red carpet.
“My dad and I have always been huge Drake fans,” Brownlee said. “I saw him casually walking down the Grammy carpet when we were there, and I was like, ‘Drake, my dad loves you so much,’ and we chatted with him and he ate some of our sweets.
Brownlee also reflected on the whirlwind moment of meeting Minaj on “Ellen.”
“When (the doors) opened, I literally looked in every direction except where she was coming out of,” Brownlee recalled. “And then when I finally saw her, it was just chaos and it was awesome.”
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Brownlee and McClelland have shared that they are pursuing careers in music, with both having recently released singles. The girls concluded their visit by recreating their “Super Bass” rendition, shimmering pink drumsticks in hand.
As children, Brownlee and McClelland starred in the 2014 comedy adventure “Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure.” They also starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom “Sam & Cat,” which starred Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy.
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